A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 11.19.21

Nov. 18, 2021   Friends,   Just a quick note this week to inform you of a wonderful program that we are co-sponsoring tomorrow night (Saturday night) at 8:00 PM (Zoom). We began a conversation last year about race in America and the position of the Jewish community in that … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 11.5.21

November 5, 2021 The Eile Ezkerah, or the “Martyrology” that is recited on Yom Kippur tells, in poetic form, the horrific torture and execution by the Romans of 10 great rabbinic sages. Though the account is quasi-historical, it does reflect the genocidal treatment of the Jews of Judaea at the … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 10.22.21

October 22, 2021 In this message: Message from the rabbi NEW FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE TIMES!! 5:45 pm Thursday morning parasha class Steven Drachman’s book talk and recommendations I stumbled upon a story this week (from a dubious source, admittedly) about a photo that went viral of an Israeli soldier who … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 10.15.2021

In this email: A message from Rabbi Sam Levine Two messages from Hannah Senesh Community Day School Acosta Molina update, PHOTOS October 15, 2021 I had an interesting experience two shabbatot ago. I took a weekend off from EMJC and was able to attend the bat mitzvah of the daughter … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 10.8.21

In a d’var Torah on this week’s parasha, my teacher Rabbi Jeff Segelman, Rabbi Emeritus of the Westchester Jewish Center, introduced me to the idea of “ah tzaddik in peltz,” a “righteous person in a fur coat.” The term was coined by the great Chassidic master, the Kotzker Rebbe, who … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 9.3.21

September 3, 2021   Dear friends,   A few last-minute points before we go into High Holy Day mode. This letter will contain: A letter from Sally Hipscher and me regarding our annual food drive (Sally and Audrey mastermind this great effort every year). A public-service announcement about the preliminary … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 8.27.21

August 27, 2021 Friends, In our Wednesday night Elul sessions, we have been compiling a tool-box of strategies for making the High Holy Day season and the coming year more meaningful. Last week, we looked at one of the Torah portions for Rosh Hashanah and discussed the idea of “seeing … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 8.20.21

August 20, 2021 Friends, We had an illuminating discussion this past Wednesday night in our Elul session about the human yearning to “be seen.” Being seen means that someone recognizes you for who you are, in your essence, in your humanity. We looked at the complex passages from Genesis 16 … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 8.13.21

Aug 13, 2021 Friends, The long, languid days of August are in full force. The summer is winding down. The city feels a little emptier and a lot steamier. The COVID “vacation” that I wrote about a couple of months ago seems, like the summer, to be on its way … READ MORE

A Weekly Message from Rabbi Sam Levine 6.25.21

June 25, 2021 Many in our country are deeply concerned about the “post-truth” age that we are living in. In an era of Q-Anon conspiracy theories that have gained astonishingly wide traction, of broadly disseminated election-fraud frauds, and a general rejection of demonstrable fact, certain fundamental values are being tested … READ MORE