Tag Archives: Boston Bombing


Blessing Our Counting

In Jewish sacred time, this is the season of counting. Every day, from the second night of Passover to the festival of Shavuot, we literally count our days. The period is known as the Omer, originally rooted in the agricultural rhythms of ancient Israel, a time of both anxiety and anticipation, as farmers waited to see what the season’s first harvest would yield. Today, we mark the period of the Omer… Read Article →


Boston Kind: Stories Of Compassion

On a balmy April day last year, I stepped into a taxi in suburban Boston and headed downtown to attend the interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in response to the Marathon bombings just three days earlier. As I sat in the back of the cab, trying not to sweat too much through my suit, I felt a swirl of emotion moving through me: terrible sadness for… Read Article →


Mourner’s Kaddish: Grasping for Praise in Sorrow

Yitgadal, v’yitkadash Shemei Raba…Exalted and Sanctified is Gd’s great name. These words open every  Kaddish prayer that we recite. They are particularly poignant in the Mourner’s Kaddish-Kaddish Yatom. Words of praise are recited at times of great sorrow. No mention of death or destruction, and word after word of praise written in an ancient Aramaic. Why now? Why do we recite these words at the least obvious moments? The Mishna… Read Article →

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Eser: A Place for Sharing and Connecting

Due to the hustle of my weekly routine, many things get put aside for later. But, once I enrolled in Eser, it quickly became my priority. It served as an oasis of goodness in my week and helped me gain perspective. I could express myself and explore my Jewish identity, an identity that my normal, fast-paced day-to-day life does not always nurture or allow to thrive. I could be sincere… Read Article →

Community Blog Is Hatred of Evil a Jewish Value

Is Hatred of Evil a Jewish Value?

Last week I was in Cleveland when the news broke about the young women who were rescued from captivity. The city of Cleveland was in shock as the details emerged that these innocent victims were held against their will for 10 years and suffered horrible abuse at the hands of their captor. The more we discovered about the cruel violence perpetrated against the three women, the more disgusted the nation… Read Article →

Community Blog A Statement of Grief and Hope From Boston

A Statement of Grief and Hope From Boston

As clergy serving different religious communities in Greater Boston, we are shocked and saddened by the Patriots’ Day attacks on our fellow citizens, our city and our freedom. We condemn in the strongest possible terms these and all acts of terror. Those responsible for planning and executing these vicious acts must be brought to justice. May those responsible for administering justice do so with diligence and wisdom. We grieve for… Read Article →


From Abu Dhabi to Eser in Newton

Participating in Eser has been a meaningful, refreshing and healing experience. I’ve been in and out of Jewish communities for much of my young life.  As a preteen, I convinced my parents to join a synagogue because I’d watched my cousins lead services, read from the Torah, and generally be the center of attention at their b’nai mitvah ceremonies. I didn’t care about the party afterwards, but thought, “Dang, you get… Read Article →