War In Ukraine

  לְ֭מַעַן אַחַ֣י וְרֵעָ֑י אֲדַבְּרָה־נָּ֖א שָׁל֣וֹם בָּֽךְ  For the sake of my kin and friends, I pray for your well-being לְ֭מַעַן בֵּית־יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ אֲבַקְשָׁ֖ה ט֣וֹב לָֽךְ  for the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I seek your good Psalm 122. 8-9 When in 2003 I came to Congregation Shir Tikvah of Portland Oregon at theContinue reading “War In Ukraine”

Shabbat Kedoshim: Looking Through the Fear

As this Shabbat approaches I am thinking a lot about the Jews of Ukraine, especially my friends of Kyiv Congregation HaTikvah, where I served as Rabbi in 1993-1994. The words of this week’s parashat hashavua will be read in Kyiv as in Paris as in New York as in Portland, Oregon. We all read the sameContinue reading “Shabbat Kedoshim: Looking Through the Fear”