Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Franz Kafka
Thursday, August 15, 2019
We know a great deal about Moses’ life and his many accomplishments. We do not know much about his personal aspirations. I do know that th...
Thursday, August 8, 2019
No More Mourning
In 1966, the Israeli author, Shai Agnon, received the Nobel Prize in Literature. When accepting the award, he said: As a result of the hi...
Friday, August 2, 2019
Tell the Truth
A brief comment on some ancient, and seemingly out of date, words. The Torah states: “Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, sayi...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Passion and Zealotry
The Talmud counsels: “Rabbi Hisda taught: 'If the zealot comes to seek counsel, we never instruct him to act.'" (Sanhedrin 81b)...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
King David's Footsteps
Several days ago, I hiked in the footsteps of King David. The words of the Bible became real. They became filled with life. In Israel one...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
The Pattern of Failures
I am writing from Jerusalem where I am studying at the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar. I remain grateful that our ...
Friday, July 5, 2019
Why I'm Both Celebrating the Myth and Honoring the Anger
I wonder how Korah’s descendants describe this week’s events described in the synagogue’s weekly Torah reading. Would it be akin to the acc...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The spies return from scouting the land of Israel. Ten return with a negative report. They say: “All the people that we saw in it were men...
Thursday, June 20, 2019
How dare anyone criticize our leader! We read: “Miriam spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married.” (Numbers 12) We ...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
The Ktav Sofer, a leading nineteenth century Hungarian rabbi, comments: “Peace begins in the home, then extends to the community, and finall...
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