How an oft repeated line in psalms jumped the page into my brain

Every once and a while my spiritual clock and my physical clock align, and I am open to an insight that had been hiding in plain sight for decades. We have recently completed 9 days of Sukkot…


I was sent this video months ago and was moved beyond words. I saved it for Yom Kippur for reasons that will become clear. Watch it before Yom Kippur starts and keep it in mind as the shofar is blown to end Yom Kippur.

I wish all of you who read my blog an easy but meaningful fast, filled with much reflection and perhaps a map for the new year with all that it does and will hold, as we continue in the time of Covid. Good health, nachas from the kids and peace for Israel and all the world.

https://youtu.be/bIfLbkx4ZIM


Seniors, Here Is How Not To Fear Change or Death

My High Holy Day Sermon

It was 38 Rosh Hashanahs ago that I first stood on this Bima. The Bima looks remarkably different and so does the congregation. …


What Is The Purpose Of The Jewish Religion?

When I was on Safari in Africa I observed numerous copulations of Lions and leopards. …


Tikkun Olam Alone, Is Not Judaism

I have noticed in the last few years that the most repeated Jewish phrase that I hear is tikkun olam. …


Why I need to be in a synagogue and not on line for the High Holy Days.

Before the pandemic I was going to movie theatres, but truth be told not nearly as much as in previous years. I now had many alternatives to going to the movies. Why pay $20 to $30 dollars a couple for a mediocre movie? I had HBO and Netflix for that…


I feel like I should have gained 10 pounds in the last 2 weeks just from hearing the words “Ben and Jerry’s. Ben and Jerry’s announced that they are going to stop selling their ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory”. …


Have you discovered your mortality?

During Covid we all went through stages of risk management. In the early days with great fear and uncertainty we had our food delivered. Later we arranged for pick up, and finally gingerly but heavily masked and gloved we entered the store ourselves.

Those of us able to take advantage…


Lost Indigenous Children

Is Canada an Apartheid Genocidal Colonial Country?

In the almost two months that I have been in Canada the country has been rocked by the discovery of the unmarked graves of hundreds of mostly indigenous children at residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. …


Even good people need to hear history and context

Hamas fires rockets at Jerusalem

Defending Israel in Whistler BC Canada

My second home is in the Mountains at North America’s number one rated ski resort, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. I am not here anymore for the skiing, that train has left the station, but for…

Rabbi Paul Plotkin

I am a retired Conservative Rabbi. I was a pulpit Rabbi for 40 years. I supervise a chain of kosher Delis called Ben's .

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