Rabbi Dan Dorsch's blog

Building Bridges - Thursday, August 2

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:39pm -- Rabbi Dan Dorsch

2016_rabbi_dorsch_headshot.pngThis past Friday, I had the honor of having lunch with Singsam, the former head of the Sikh religion (equivalent of the “Pope Emeritus”).  I then gave him a tour of our synagogue on Shabbat afternoon. Some of you may know that my next door neighbor Kuldeep, his wife Amrita, and their daughter Peher, are very involved Sikhs in their Gurdwara.

My Alter-Zayde - Thursday, June 21

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:22pm -- Rabbi Dan Dorsch

2016_rabbi_dorsch_headshot.pngOne of the sole images I’ve seen of my Alter Zayde, Henry Barish, of blessed memory, is a remarkable, posed, black and white photo.  He is proudly dressed in his U.S. Cavalry uniform from his service to our country during the first world war.

Yet, what makes that photo all the more remarkable is that it almost never happened.

Silence is Golden - Thursday, June 7

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 9:27am -- Rabbi Dan Dorsch

2016_rabbi_dorsch_headshot.pngOnly because it involves my Philadelphia Eagles, I am going to take the bait.

However, rather than speaking about who is right and who is wrong, what I want to point out is how absolutely insane it is that our society has fallen into a spell where everyone thinks that it’s important to comment on everything.  

"The Conversion of the Jews" - Thursday, May 24

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 1:05pm -- Rabbi Dan Dorsch

2016_rabbi_dorsch_headshot.pngTo this day, the story “The Conversion of the Jews,” which appears in Philip Roth’s work “Goodbye, Columbus,” gives me nightmares.  Ozzie, a young boy living in Newark, New Jersey, is undergoing a period of cognitive and theological dissonance as a Jew living in America.  He keeps asking about the Virgin Mary and immaculate conception.


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