Local Rabbis

Saying Goodbye to Grandma Annabell

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel

 

As the list of people lost directly to COVID or to COVID-related complications grows, I’d like to share my personal story of loss. It’s with a heavy heart that I remember my Grandmother Annabell Schwartz this spring, and I hope that readi…

Jews Are Always Threatened By The Mob

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon

 

Surviving this past year without technology would not have been possible. From the moment I get up in the morning, to the moment I lay my head down to rest, my thoughts are occupied with the concerns of our sacred community. If not f…

Rabbi Ron Muroff Receives Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree

Chisuk Emuna Congregation is proud to announce that Rabbi Ron Muroff received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at a virtual convocation on Sunday, January 31st at 1 p.m. through the Jewish Theological Seminary! The ceremony celebrated his achievements as one of the distinguished members…

The Quandary of Space

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel Lebanon

Abraham Joshua Heshel, writing his book The Sabbath, presented an idea summed up as such: “It is not things that give meaning to time, but time that gives meaning to things.”

How much more is that true during a pandemic? When space i…

Saying Sorry for the High Holidays

by Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon

“I’m sorry.” I hear the words drop out of me like rain from the sky. I don’t want to say them. Words of apology don’t come easy to me. Sometimes, when I say them, I don’t feel their weight when they roll off my lips. I just s…