Entries by Evan Brown

Where Warmth and Majesty Meet

Volume 2  |  Prayers for the Days of Awe Return to High Holy Days and Festivals September 23 – October 1, 2018 Sukkot traces its roots to the many agricultural ceremonies enacted by the ancient Hebrews, becoming a festival of thanks for a bountiful fall harvest and one of three “pilgrimage festivals” during which a …

A Message from Rabbi Davidson on President Trump’s Recent Remarks

Dear Friends, I share with you below the statement by the American Jewish Committee on President Trump’s recent remarks calling Jews who vote for Democrats uninformed and disloyal.  However one interpreted the President’s comments – whether the supposed disloyalty was to America or Israel or both – his choice of a classic anti-Semitic trope, ironically here …

In Response to the Tragedies in El Paso and Dayton

On learning of Saturday’s massacre in El Paso and waking up to Sunday’s in Dayton, no doubt many of us asked the inevitable, now all-too-familiar question: “How could there be yet another mass shooting in America?” Time will reveal additional answers in Dayton, but we know at least two in El Paso: nativist bigotry and guns. There the …

Summer Book Drive

JUNE 3 – AUGUST 23 Summer Book Drive to Fill the Bookshelves at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Please help fill the shelves for young patients that are undergoing treatment at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Your book donations will be a welcome distraction from their health concerns. Please view the wish lists below and …

Saying Goodbye to Our First (Fur) Baby

by Rabbi Sara Sapadin Originally published in Kveller — July 8, 2019 Our house feels unnaturally quiet tonight. Gone are the sounds of paws shuffling across the wood floor, the clang, clang, clang of a collar jostling to and fro, the gentle lapping of water heard echoing through the halls at all hours of the night. Gone …

When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation

by Rabbi Sara Sapadin Published in ReformJudaism.org, 6-6-2019 Breathless, my son ran over to me, his eyes aglow. “Did you know that hagfish digest food through their skin? Or that there are more than 1,000 kinds of mangoes?” I shook my head no. Ecstatic with my ignorance, my son continued with his barrage of bizarre …

Commentary on Parashat Emor

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis There came out among the Israelites one whose mother was Israelite and whose father was Egyptian. And a fight broke out in the camp between that half-Israelite and a certain Israelite. The son of the Israelite pronounced the Name in blasphemy, and he was brought to Moses – now his …