D’vrei Torah

A monthly commentary relating Torah to learning about Jewish sacred aging.

Finding Relevance

August 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Robin Williams’ untimely passing touched the hearts of many of us.  He touched our hearts because we had a personal connection.  His gifts of comedy and acting his [...]

Rabbi Jonathan Kendall: Empty Chairs

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Pesach anecdote: when I became the Senior Rabbi at a large Miami congregation, among my many meetings with the Founding Rabbi Emeritus, the issue of the community Seder [...]

A lesson from Ariel Sharon’s passing

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is not a political piece. Not by any stretch. Then again, I guess everything can be considered political in some sense. I recently began a class in my congregation on [...]

Who is your Person?

December 31, 2013 // 2 Comments

The URJ Biennial was an amazing conclave, several days of camaraderie and learning. It was powerful time reminding us that we are more than just ourselves; we belong to [...]

Presence is an active, not passive, activity

December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Often we think of “being present” for the other as being available to hear them and be with them.  We say we reach out to them but in reality, we are offering to wait [...]
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