Greetings from Jerusalem! Summer 2010
It is such a privilege to be here in Yerushalayim!
This is the completion of a journey that began 5 summers ago!
I had a sabbatical coming that I could not find a way to take. Three months to renew my rabbinate and refresh my learning – had been included in my contract an
- Greetings from Jerusalem! Summer 2010
A live message from Jerusalem
I had a chance to post a live message to all our friends back in Roslyn -- I hope you'll take a moment and check it out at:
PS -- after three weeks in Jerusalem -- my still pale skin is ample proof that I have been spe
Mt. of Olives Tiyul
This morning our Hartman Rabbinic Fellowship group took a tiyul (hike) from the top of Har Hazeitim (Mt of Olives). We met there at 7:00 AM which necessitated going to a 5:45 AM minyan! You can find a minyan here at almost any time you want. It was a wonderful walk from the top of the Mt. of Olives
Shabbat in Jerusalem
Without a doubt my greatest challenge while I am here in Israel has been to find time to sit and write for this blog. I go from early in the morning until late at night and it is just a struggle to find the time to sit and think and write. But I am determined to bring you up to date.
Crisis and Uncertainty: Paradigms of Response
So now let me take a step back. We arrived in Israel this past Monday. We had spent several days before coming to Israel with our daughter Dina and her husband Daniel in Philadelphia celebrating the birth of their son and our first grandchild. His name is Aiven Gray Relles – Eliyahu Rimon.
First thoughts from Israel- Summer 09
How wonderful it is to be walking the streets of Jerusalem once again. There is something different about the rhythm of life and the pace of things here that is so alive and vibrant. Everything seems to happen here with a greater intensity.
It is also nice to be back at the Hartman Inst
- A live message from Jerusalem
Wrapping things up...
As my studies here in Jerusalem come to a close we are beginning to prepare for our return to the States.
The final few days have been no less remarkable than the previous few weeks. Our last week of studies included classes with Donniel Hartman in the morning and Melila Hellner-Eshed
So much to share
So much to share. The days fly by each one packed from morning to evening. Rather than talk about my courses this week, I thought I might use this entry to refer to some of the many other activities that are always swirling around and occupying our time.
For example I am sure you have all
I hope you believe me...
I hope you believe me when I begin each entry with an apology for not having written more or more often. My intentions are honorable-- it is just that when I get a free moment the idea of sitting in front of the computer and typing is, well not the first thing I am eager to do.
Happy 4th of July -- I know this is a day of barbecues and fireworks back home -- here it is just another Friday!
The biggest challenge of this blog is finding time to write it! My schedule continues to be quite full.
Take yesterday for example. I was at the Hartman Institute
- Wrapping things up...
We have arrived!
It is wonderful to be back in Israel. We arrived on Thursday, with barely time to get settled in time for Shabbat and yet in the brief time we have been here we have managed to: try and catch up on our sleep, attend the funeral of the wife of my revered teacher Rabbi David Weiss Halivni, had our fi
Welcome to my Sabbatical Blog
Hello and once again, welcome to my Sabbatical blog! The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to the wonderful program at the Hartman Institute: The Rabbinic Leadership Initiative where I will be spending most of the month of July.
I hope to update this blog frequently during the cou
- We have arrived!
Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans
Greetings from Cantor Barnoy, Mark Magid and Barry Epstein who are in New Orleans adding to the efforts of those who are helping to rebuild the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina a couple of years ago.
I took many pictures but unfortunately I am having trouble uploading them to this bl
- Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans
We're having a great time!
Our trip is off to a great start. It is hard to believe we left only a few days ago because we have done so much – our days are full of activity, facts and of course a great deal of laughter. In addition, because of our days have been so long, it has been hard to find time to get online to post, b
2007 TBS Israel Trip
Follow the travels of the 50 TBS congregants joining Rabbi Alan Lucas on the 2008 TBS Israel Trip. In addition to seeing the land of Israel, they will explore the people of Israel. See what they experience in their Israel Blog.
Joining on this trip are:
- We're having a great time!
All Good Things
July 25, 2007
Well it is hard to believe that my time in Israel has come to a close -- what a wonderful and special time it was! The learning was at such an incredibly high level (some of you have requested that I share more details as to what exactly I have been studying -- so I have appended
The last few days
July 23, 2007
It is hard to believe that the month is rapidly coming to a close! So much left to do. We just got back from the reading of Aicha (The Book of Lamentations) to begin the Fast of Tisha B'Av . We went to the Tayelet - the beautiful promenade that overlooks the Old C
July 17, 2007
Saturday afternoon we took a walk over to David’s Citadel Hotel and met up with Susan and Alan Zelman who are here on Chancellor Eisen’s trip from the Jewish Theological Seminary. They seem to be having a remarkable experience. We sat in on Seudah Shelishit and met Ari Alon – a g
Friday July 13
This morning we went shopping for Shabbat. Wow! Friday early morning at Mahane Yeduah – the outdoor market in Jerusalem also known as the shuk –it is like no other experience in the world! (Be prepared for a lot of exclamation points in this entry!)
How does one d
Week Two - The Adventure Continues
When our kids didn’t write often from camp Edy and I told each other that as much as we would like to hear from them – it was something to be happy about, because it probably meant they were having such a good time they didn’t have time to write! I hope you will extend to me the same benefit of th
Getting Ready For Shabbat
July 6, 2007
It is hard to believe we are getting ready for our second Shabbat – but so it is!
It has been a wonderful, exciting, stimulating, and exhausting week. So much to do, so much to study, so many people to speak to – and so little time in a day. And even with that we f
Wednesday July 4, 2007
Well, happy July 4 everyone! It is always strange being in Israel for an American holiday. To be in Israel is to share a rhythm of Jewish life and Israeli life that you miss by living in the States – but, it also means missing the rhythm of life we have come to be frami
First Mitzvah Opportunity
As I mentioned, one of my intentions this summer is to seek out “mitzvah opportunities” and be your shaliach – your agent to support worthwhile but unsung mitzvah heroes here in Israel. We all support the major causes like UJA, JTS, Israel bonds, JNF, JDC etc etc – as well we should. These are the
We have arrived!
July 1, 2007, Jerusalem, Israel
Well, we have arrived and it is wonderful to be back in Israel. Our trip was uneventful and our transfer to Jerusalem was very easy. Felicia Kalb likes to say that whenever she bumps into me in Jerusalem I have a big smile on my face the likes of which she
- All Good Things
Welcome to my Sabbatical Blog
Hello and welcome to my Sabbatical blog! The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to the wonderful program at the Hartman Institute: The Rabbinic Leadership Initiative where I will be spending most of the month of July.
I also plan to update this blog frequently during the course of
- Welcome to my Sabbatical Blog