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Believing is Seeing

Rosh HaShanah 5776 / 14-15 September 2015

Last summer, Chicago’s Art Institute exhibited a major retrospective of work by the Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte. Magritte, who also worked as an illustrator for advertising agencies, employed a… Read More

Posted: September 16, 2015 by

Retribution and Restitution

Shabbat Shoftim / 22 August 2015

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, takes me back to one of the richest and most challenging pages of Talmud I have ever taught. The eighth chapter of tractate Bava Kamma… Read More

Posted: August 23, 2015 by

Compassionate Attention

Shabbat Nahamu 2015

In 1946, Dr. Emmi Pikler, a Hungarian pediatrician, went to work at an orphanage in Budapest. In private practice before the Shoah, Dr. Pikler had developed distinctive ideas about raising… Read More

Posted: August 4, 2015 by

Rabbi Ira F. Stone – On the occasion of his final Shabbat as Senior Rabbi

Parashat Hukkat 5775/ 27 June 2015

I’m not sure if anyone would choose Parashat Hukkat for a special occasion or for their final regular weekly D’var Torah after 27 years of preaching from this pulpit. However,… Read More

Posted: June 29, 2015 by

The Nazir

Parashat Naso 5775/30 May 2015

The institution of the Nazir is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. For those of you not familiar, let me explain. In this morning’s Torah reading we are introduced to… Read More

Posted: June 2, 2015 by