May the Omnipresent One Comfort You from His Place

This coming Sabbath service at our synagogue, I’m doing one of the Torah readings, from the Gospels, the first part of John chapter 11. You may notice two funny things in that sentence. Firstly, as part of our Torah service, we don’t only read the standard parshah from the Torah (the first five books: Genesis, […]

Thoughts on Life and Loss

I’m preempting my usual “Friday Fun” column, because this past week was a crappy week, crappy enough to justify a little mourning. Tuesday afternoon, as you know, a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti, killing tens of thousands—maybe even 100,000. That number represents one out of every 95-or-so people in that small country. Shortly thereafter, we received […]