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Rabbis Dan Levin and Josh Broide in Israel for the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative

Rabbis Dan Levin and Josh Broide in Israel for the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative

Two Boca rabbis take part in prestigious study program   Boca Raton rabbis Rabbi Dan Levin (left) and Rabbi Josh Broide (right) in Israel this summer as part of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative — which Boca Raton’s Rabbi David Steinhardt (center) did

30 Days of Elul – Day 28

30 Days of Elul – Day 28

Raoul Wallenberg.  The Swedish diplomat became one of the most famous rescuers during the Holocaust, and his whereabouts one of the greatest mysteries after.  Hungary was not invaded by Hitler until March of 1944 and Wallenberg designed a Swedish protective pass to help save Jews. This, along

30 Days of Elul – Day 27 – Forgiveness

30 Days of Elul – Day 27 – Forgiveness

Rabbi Alan Lew relates the following story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the legendary spiritual leader and composer.  Reb Shlomo came to the United States from Austria as a teenager, a refugee from the Nazis.  Every so often he would go back to Austria and Germany to give concerts, and people

30 Days of Elul – Day 26 - Forgiving Iniquity (Avon)

30 Days of Elul – Day 26 - Forgiving Iniquity (Avon)

What does it mean to sin? In countless places in our tradition, our sages have told us that sinning is, in one form or another, “missing the mark.” Our intentions are mostly good, as human beings created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image, we believe that we are essentially good, there are just

30 Days of Elul - Day 25 - Compassion for Thousands

30 Days of Elul - Day 25 - Compassion for Thousands

I can’t stand most pictures of me but I had to share this one for compassion.  It was taken in the fall of 2010.  I am near the Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem in a tent that housed the parents of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.  They had set up the tent to pressure the government

30 Days of Elul - Day 24 - Abundant in Truth

"I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."   Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken   Abundant in truth is one of

30 Days of Elul - Day 23 - Abundant in Kindness

30 Days of Elul - Day 23 - Abundant in Kindness

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  -Fred Rogers The wisdom and insight of Mr. Rogers has guided generation of Americans. Whether it was on his famous show Mr. Rogers’

30 Days of Elul - Day 22 - Slow to Anger

One of the more ground-breaking things the editors did with the new machzor is add alternative Torah readings not normally read.  One of the additions for Yom Kippur is the end of the Joseph story (Genesis 50.)  The reason this is added is because it is blatant about forgiveness. Joseph, the

30 Days of Elul – Day 21 – Elul - Graciousness

30 Days of Elul – Day 21 – Elul - Graciousness

Ever feel truly embarrassed?  Years ago, in high school, I once felt terribly embarrassed when I arrived for an event and realized I was completely under-dressed.  Everyone was in suits and formal attire – I misunderstood and wore jeans and shoes with no socks.  I apologized to my host, and