This past week, I was honored to install my brother as rabbi at Temple Israel Synagogue in San Diego, California. Here are my remarks from this past Sunday:
Rabbi Dan Dorsch's blog
As a keen reader and admirer of rabbinic literature, I am aware of the weight and power that a rabbi’s words can have. That’s why I become concerned when a rabbi’s words are not read as they were intended.
This 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.
Call me late to the game, but only yesterday I saw the Disney movie Coco, and I am not ashamed to admit that I’ve been bawling ever since.
If you haven’t watched James Corden and Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke Segment from this past week, you need to do so immediately (https://www.npr.org/2018/06/25/623165594/beep-beep-yeah-paul-mccartney-on-cordens-carpool-karaoke-is-tv-at-its-best
One 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.
Only 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.
This week, I'm recovering from some minorish but somewhat invasive wrist surgery, so I will try to be brief.
To 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.
The irony of a largely lactose intolerant people celebrating a holiday whose menu is entirely dairy does not escape me. As I write this eblast, I am looking at a PJ Library Book on the side of my desk entitled Cheesecake for Shavuot.
DAILY MINYAN TIMES
Monday - Friday:
7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:
Junior Congregation will resume in the fall.
Friday, 5 p.m. on the following date:
Tot Shabbat will resume in the fall.