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Shavuot II/ Yizkor 5779: Past and Present

06/12/2019 04:29:46 PM


While the holiday of Shavuot in Jewish tradition is associated with the giving of the Torah, the initial meaning of the holiday was connected to the agricultural cycle in the land of Israel. In particular, Shavuot was associated with the beginning of the wheat harvest and the practice of bringing the first fruits from any field of wheat as an offering to the Temple. The ritual was performed en masse by every single farmer in ancient Israel,...Read more...

Shavuot I 5779: Grandparents

06/12/2019 04:27:16 PM


What a great blessing it is to be here today in celebration of the grandparents in our community and of the new grandparents in particular. We did this today because we wanted to recognize becoming a grandparent as a distinct moment in life, and a distinct role in a family and in society. Just this week I heard someone say, “If I knew how good being a grandparent was, I would have skipped having kids and gone straight to that!” Of course, it...Read more...

B'midbar 5779: Everyone Counts

06/12/2019 04:25:46 PM


I had the great pleasure this week to visit the Thomas Edison Elementary School in Port Chester, along with a few other local clergy who are new to the area. I was very impressed by what I saw: a well-run school where children are learning and growing. As you may know, the schools in Port Chester face some significant challenges. The population of Edison Elementary is about 90% Latino, including many recent immigrants and English language...Read more...

Installation Remarks: May 19, 2019

05/22/2019 02:48:26 PM


I want to begin with gratitude. There are many people that I want to thank that have helped us together reach this momentous occasion in my life and the life of this community. Thank you first to Rabbi Nevins and Chancellor Eisen for your kind and inspiring words, and for your presence here today. To my colleagues here at KTI. I could not have asked for a better clergy partner, cantor, educator, neighbor and friend than Cantor Sklar, whose...Read more...

Remarks at Kehillah Hadassah Donor Brunch, May 5, 2019

05/08/2019 01:20:46 PM


It's my honor to be here today in support of Hadassah. I also extend my congratulations to Dodo Friedman, who is a devoted member of my synagogue, Congregation KTI. Dodo, I love seeing your quiet smile every Shabbat. It is my honor to be celebrated with you today and to be your rabbi. When Kathy Salom asked me if I would agree to be honored this year, I immediately said yes. She thought that this chapter was merely honoring one of the new...Read more...

Yom HaShoah 2019 Remarks

05/02/2019 02:13:33 PM


Introduction Good evening. My name is Rabbi Ben Goldberg and on behalf of KTI and the other participating synagogues"Community Synagogue of Rye, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester and the Jewish Community Center of Harrison"thank you for joining us this evening for this important commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Our gathering tonight feels all the more urgent in light of the attack on the synagogue in Poway, CA...Read more...

Passover 5779: A Memorable Night

04/24/2019 02:25:55 PM


Among the commentary and news items that circulate leading up to each major Jewish holiday, one piece stood out. [Available here: ] Dr. Arielle Levites is a scholar of Jewish education, and she and her colleague Dr. Liat Sayfan recently completed a soon to be published study about today's Jewish teenagers. They surveyed more than 17,000 American Jewish teens, the largest...Read more...

Vayikra/Shabbat Zachor 5779: Fighting Amalek Today

03/17/2019 05:37:37 PM


“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt"how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear. Therefore, when the LORD your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not...Read more...

P'kudei 5779: Journeys and Destinations

03/14/2019 02:11:18 PM


In my life prior to KTI, I spend many years as a student, first college and then rabbinical school. Part of that lifestyle meant that I was constantly moving. In fact, every nine months or so, or sometimes even more frequently, would I pack up all of my belongings and go somewhere else, including moving to Israel and back twice. There were times in rabbinical school when for various personal and professional reasons I would be away from home...Read more...

Va-yakhel 5779: Giving to Receive and Giving to Give

03/05/2019 07:49:46 PM


As I turned on my car radio on Thursday morning"on my way to Starbucks for my office hour, please come by any Thursday from 8-9!"I discovered that it is yet again that time of year. Not some religious or civil holiday, not some milestone in our ever-expanding election cycle. No, it is one of the annual NPR pledge drives! My usual listening was interrupted by impassionate pleas for financial support of the nonprofit radio station. NPR...Read more...
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