Writings from the Rabbis

Judaism in the Hallways of Democracy
By: Rabbi Adam Cutler
Mar 12th 2013
Look closely and you’ll see me cringe ever so slightly when religious leaders speak on issues of public policy. My face reveals what my heart conceals. What gives them the right to tell our political leaders how to vote? Why should a priest or imam have sway on legislation that affects my rights or pocket book?As a Jew, I don’t want the doctrines of other...
Wow! This Night is Different!
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Apr 1st 2011
This Passover, when we say “Mah nishtanah halaylah hazeh” (best translated as “Wow! This night is different!”), we know that the four questions that follow are not only about the organization of the Seder. They are challenges that come to us from life, from events that we see on You Tube and read in the newspaper.  As we watch the revolutions that are rupturing, restructuring and...
Sukkahville: Stepping Out and Stepping Up
By: Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Apr 1st 2011
Lecture delivered on Sukkahville Award Night Sukkot is a holiday when Jews step outside ourselves.  We go from fast to feast, from people unsure about how to use a hammer to spiritual Home Depot experts. We tell jokes about our lack of expertise. Jackie Mason jokes about Jews who use butter knives as screwdrivers. Some of you know that Rashi is a great medieval French...