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Aug 20, 2017, 10:20 PM
The Blessing and the Curse — Charlottesville and Racism in America
I would like to address the horrific events in Charlottesville last week. This week's parsha begins רְאֵ֗ה אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה׃ See, I place before you today, blessing and curse. And Torah goes on to say that this choice, between blessing...
May 9, 2016, 9:44 PM
Defying the Anti-Semites of Our Day
A few months ago, I told a story about a group of semi-affiliated members of my previous shul in London. We started meeting up once a month for a chat and Sarah's chocolate cake and some beer. And I...
Mar 14, 2016, 7:56 AM
Honesty and Morality Can Save the Jewish People
“And though he does tarry, I await his coming very day”. Why does the Messiah tarry so long? Rashi, at the beginning of Parshat Pikudei, tells us that the Torah repeats the phrase “the tabernacle” to allude to the future destruction...
Dec 8, 2015, 7:15 PM
A Modern Day Joseph Dreams of a Safer World
Having just spent 6 days in Israel, mainly to visit the young men and women from Lincoln Square Synagogue who are spending the year there, I understand the rabbis insistence that the story of Joseph is the story of...
Nov 22, 2015, 7:26 AM
Do Jewish lives matter less? — The anger we all feel
Anger at the world's message to Israel: your civilians are not civilians, expect no sympathy just condemnation
Oct 8, 2015, 8:18 PM
Yizkor, The Crusades and Today’s Terror Attacks
Sermon before Yizkor on Shmini Atzeret, October 5th 2015 What is it that we are remembering when we when we say the prayers of remembrance, Yizkor? The following is from news reports of one of last week's terror attacks in Israel. And...
Sep 25, 2015, 1:03 AM
Yom Kippur – The Urgent Need for Unity
It was the first night of Slichot, and all over the Jewish world, as midnight approached; Jews were beginning to leave their homes and walk, quietly and with introspection, to the Shul. The great Chasidic Rebbe made ready to leave...
Jul 6, 2015, 2:56 AM
Orthodox Jews and the Gay Marriage Ruling
Friends, this is has been a weekend of contrasts, Shabbat and the 17th of Tamuz; Eating and drinking one day, fasting the next. More critically, Independence Day on Shabbat, mourning the destruction of Jerusalem on Sunday July 4th - celebration of...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:05 AM
On Rabbi Riskin and Leadership – Who is the Rabbinate Supposed to Serve?
This Sunday, Lincoln Square Synagogue will host a gathering to celebrate the legacy of the late Yaakov Birnbaum, the founder of the Soviet Jewry Movement. We will be welcoming Nathan Sharansky, a hero of our times, an inspiration, a...
May 27, 2015, 1:45 AM
Churchill, Roosevelt and the Book of Ruth — a thought for Yizkor
The coincidence of Yizkor and Memorial day is very rare indeed. A few years ago Erica Brown wrote a wonderful article, comparing how poorly Memorial day does in comparison to Yom Hazikaron in Israel. While Israelis have a day of...
Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Holds a BA in Economics and an MBA. Former Rabbi of Cambridge University and Barnet Synagogue in London. Appointed Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan in 2005.