July 12, 2020

In our Torah reading today, when Moshe Rabeinu was about to relinquish his leadership over the children of Israel, he addressed God in a most unusual way: “Moshe spoke to the Lord, saying, 'Let the Lord, Source of the Breath of All Flesh (E-lohei Haruchot L’chol Basar)...

July 5, 2020

We, humanity, are in pain. We are in sorrow. We’re in a state of confusion. The world is turned upside-down. COVID-19, economic depression, racism, civil and social unrest, killer hornets, and Saharan dust clouds, to name but a few of the causes. These things have turn...

June 21, 2020

Parshat Shelach

Our parsha this week speaks of the 12 spies being sent into the Land. Two of them, Yehoshuah and Kalev, give an encouraging report. But the other ten focus on all of the challenges in the Land; the people are like giants, the cities are fortified, the la...

June 7, 2020

In our Besorah reading this week Yeshua speaks of the birth pangs of Messiah. He warns his talmidim that there will be great troubles in the days before his return. There will be faminines, wars, earthquakes, and religious persecution. Children will turn on their paren...

June 4, 2020

This morning, Rabbi Isaac and I sent the following letter to leaders and pastors of African American churches in the local Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities. It is incumbent upon us, as Jews, to speak out against hatred, to speak out against racism, to speak out agai...

May 31, 2020

Shavuot means “weeks” and refers to the 7 weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, the time in which we count the omer. This is indeed how the Torah refers to this holy day. In Exodus and Deuteronomy it is called “Chag Shavuot” or “Chag ha-Shavuot”; the Feast of Weeks. Exodus...

May 24, 2020

In our Besorah reading this week Yeshua is asked what is the greatest commandment. This was a common topic of debate in his day with various teachers giving different answers. The question wasn’t really about the greatest commandment specifically, but more about how ca...