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Mar 1, 2023, 5:09 PM
Is the vacation over?
As I write this, the “Day of Hate” proclaimed for February 25, 2023 by contemporary Jew-haters has come and gone, apparently without serious incident. This “Day of Hate” was intended to intimidate Jewish communities around the country. In response,...
Dec 2, 2022, 6:28 PM
In Every Age…
“We kindle these candles because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hannukah these lights are sacred; we are not to use them but only to look at them, so that their...
Jul 25, 2022, 9:19 PM
‘The Lord Is My Shepherd,’ but I’m not just a sheep
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through...
May 29, 2022, 6:09 PM
Put God, prayer, and the 10 Commandments back in schools
The murders in Uvalde cast a shadow on the celebration of the giving of the law. We must redouble our efforts to uphold its morality, values, and precepts
Jan 27, 2022, 3:46 PM
Invoking “The Kinkster”: Thoughts After Colleyville
Known for his uniquely irreverent wit, Richard “Kinky” Friedman is a Jewish country-western singer/songwriter from my home state of Texas. He is also the author of detective mysteries and a former gubernatorial candidate. Although not among the most famous in...
Jul 9, 2021, 8:38 PM
Going to the dogs
Last week we had to put our dog Mia down. This week we had to put our dog Misha down. Both dogs were old and sick. Both were rescues and they enriched our lives for over 10 years. Mia...
Jun 29, 2021, 5:13 PM
Confronting the hate that comforts
This year, two significant holidays fall in July. Of course, July 4 celebrates the beginning of the United States as an independent nation. Two weeks later, the holiday of Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of both the first and...
May 27, 2021, 5:14 PM
Everything old is new again
“May slanderers have no hope; may all wickedness perish instantly; may all Your enemies be cut down soon. Speedily uproot and crush the arrogant; cast them down and humble them speedily in our days. Blessed are You, Lord,...
Jun 3, 2020, 5:33 AM
Justice, Justice: Responding to Minneapolis and Its Aftermath
Regardless of background or beliefs, all decent, moral human beings are sickened, disgusted and angry at the needless killing of George Floyd last week by a Minneapolis police officer, as well as to the killing of David Patrick Underwood,...
May 10, 2019, 11:06 PM
Learning to Shoot and Not Drown
In the Talmud, Tractate Kiddushin (29a), we learn: “The father is bound in respect of his son to circumcise, redeem (if the son is a first-born), teach him Torah, marry him off, and teach him a craft. There are...
Cary Kozberg is a "maverick" rabbi living and working in Central Ohio