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Shavuot II/ Yizkor 5779: Past and Present

Jun 12, 2019

While the holiday of Shavuot in Jewish tradition is associated with the giving of the Torah, the initial meaning of the holiday was connected to the agricultural cycle in the land of Israel. In particular, Shavuot was associated with the beginning of the wheat harvest and the practice of bringing the first fruits from any field of wheat as an offering to the Temple.

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Shavuot I 5779: Grandparents

Jun 12, 2019

What a great blessing it is to be here today in celebration of the grandparents in our community and of the new grandparents in particular. We did this today because we wanted to recognize becoming a grandparent as a distinct moment in life, and a distinct role in a family and in society. Just this week I heard someone say, “If I knew how good being a grandparent was, I would have skipped having kids and gone straight to that!” Of course, it doesn’t work that way, but being a grandparent can come with its particular pleasures and joys.

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Yom HaShoah 2019 Remarks

May 02, 2019

Introduction
Good evening. My name is Rabbi Ben Goldberg and on behalf of KTI and the other participating synagogues—Community Synagogue of Rye, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester and the Jewish Community Center of Harrison—thank you for joining us this evening for this important commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Passover 5779: A Memorable Night

Apr 24, 2019

Among the commentary and news items that circulate leading up to each major Jewish holiday, one piece stood out. [Available here: https://forward.com/life/faith/422792/american-jewish-teens-passover-seder/ ] Dr. Arielle Levites is a scholar of Jewish education, and she and her colleague Dr. Liat Sayfan recently completed a soon to be published study about today’s Jewish teenagers.

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Vayikra/Shabbat Zachor 5779: Fighting Amalek Today

Mar 17, 2019

“Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt—how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were famished and weary, and cut down all the stragglers in your rear. Therefore, when the LORD your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that the LORD your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!”

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P'kudei 5779: Journeys and Destinations

Mar 14, 2019

In my life prior to KTI, I spend many years as a student, first college and then rabbinical school. Part of that lifestyle meant that I was constantly moving. In fact, every nine months or so, or sometimes even more frequently, would I pack up all of my belongings and go somewhere else, including moving to Israel and back twice. There were times in rabbinical school when for various personal and professional reasons I would be away from home almost every weekend for months at a time.

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Va-yakhel 5779: Giving to Receive and Giving to Give

Mar 05, 2019

As I turned on my car radio on Thursday morning—on my way to Starbucks for my office hour, please come by any Thursday from 8-9!—I discovered that it is yet again that time of year. Not some religious or civil holiday, not some milestone in our ever-expanding election cycle. No, it is one of the annual NPR pledge drives! My usual listening was interrupted by impassionate pleas for financial support of the nonprofit radio station.

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