Cruel Irrelevancy

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) on One Food Erev Shabbat, April 3, 2020   The Israeli Chief Rabbinate just issued a halachic ruling about Zooming on Pesach.  It can be distilled to one word: forbidden.   But, of course.   Their logic, though, is fundamentally correct.  Since no lives are endangered if you don't Zoom [...]

By |2020-04-03T14:02:53+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

At Gehinnom’s Table

While Standing (Six Feet Apart) on One Foot April 2, 2020 I am frustrated and angry. There is a well-known Hassidic tale that goes like this: 'What will it be like in the world to come? It is said that evildoers would be punished by not being able to bend their arms. The chasid queried [...]

By |2020-04-02T12:56:59+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

Beyond Meat and the Truth

I just read that my go-to coffee place in Canada, Tim Horton's, is doing something they have never done: they are experimenting with the plant-based Beyond Meat product for their sausage.  This means that, for the first time ever, a vegetarian sausage or patty that is supposed to look and taste and feel exactly like [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:07:52+00:00May 15th, 2019|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

Unholy Sacrifice

When I woke up this morning, I was hit by the news of the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand and was revolted.  Forty-nine people dead so far, scores more injured and it would be of little surprise if more died from their injuries.  And, from all accounts, it appears that the one suspect we know [...]

By |2019-10-07T16:44:38+00:00March 15th, 2019|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

As We Get Closer to Pesach

Passover is an intriguing holiday. According to Pirke Avot, the collection of pithy sayings collected by the Talmud, Shmuel HaKatan (Samuel Junior) once said that ‘When an enemy falls, be not glad and when one stumbles, let not your heart be joyous.’ This seems to be the very antithesis of human nature. After all, when [...]

By |2019-03-08T15:26:05+00:00March 8th, 2019|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

Parashat Teruma: Take God With You Wherever You Go

One of the learnings my students take with them is just how adaptable Judaism is. Nothing is static. Even in the 'Orthodox' world Jewish tradition is always evolving. A good example are the halachot - Jewish laws - surrounding Shabbat (or any holiday for that matter). The mitzvah to celebrate Shabbat is riddled throughout the [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:07:53+00:00February 5th, 2019|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

Let’s Visit the Relatives

There is the strangest line in this Torah portion that, for all intents and purposes, goes completely unnoticed.    After describing the Jacob's quarrel with Esau, Isaac's settling in Gerar, the digging of wells by Isaac's servants and a peace agreement with Abimelech, the text throws in a line that comes out of nowhere: ‎ [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:07:55+00:00November 6th, 2018|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments

In Light of Evil

The profoundly horrific events of Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue this past Shabbat has given us all pause to consider what it means to be Jewish in America.  There are the statistics that show quite clearly how contemporary American society finds it all too easy to attack Jews.  It reminds me of something [...]

By |2018-10-30T18:35:14+00:00October 30th, 2018|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments


This week's parasha, Vayeira,  is one of those 'pivotal moments' in Jewish history.  The text says: ‎וַיֵּרָ֤א אֵלָיו֙ יְהוָ֔ה בְּאֵלֹנֵ֖י מַמְרֵ֑א וְה֛וּא יֹשֵׁ֥ב פֶּֽתַח־הָאֹ֖הֶל כְּחֹ֥ם הַיּֽוֹם׃2 וַיִּשָּׂ֤א עֵינָיו֙ וַיַּ֔רְא וְהִנֵּה֙ שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה אֲנָשִׁ֔ים נִצָּבִ֖ים עָלָ֑יו וַיַּ֗רְא וַיָּ֤רָץ לִקְרָאתָם֙ מִפֶּ֣תַח הָאֹ֔הֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּ֖חוּ אָֽרְצָה׃ 3 וַיֹּאמַ֑ר אֲדֹנָ֗י אִם־נָ֙א מָצָ֤אתִי חֵן֙ בְּעֵינֶ֔יךָ אַל־נָ֥א תַעֲבֹ֖ר מֵעַ֥ל עַבְדֶּֽךָ׃ 4 יֻקַּֽח־נָ֣א מְעַט־מַ֔יִם [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:08:02+00:00October 24th, 2018|Rabbi Cy's Blog|0 Comments
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