Rabbi Blumenthal

Today the World is Born

Introduction “Do you remember how we celebrate Rosh Hashanah,” I asked my children as we were eating dinner the other night. Instantly, four year old Maya lifted her fist to her mouth and let out a loud moan, imitating the … Continue reading

Never Again

We begin with a moment of silence. In memory of Heather Heyer and with our thoughts turned to those injured in Charlottesville. I have two words for us to say together this evening. Never Again. As children we were taught … Continue reading

A Righteous Person – Ekev 2017

Talia shared beautifully in her dvar Torah this morning her interest in the Holocaust. It is something that she and I have in common. I also took an interest in this subject at a rather young age. As a child, … Continue reading

Acharei Mot-K’doshim 2017

My family came to the USA from Europe to escape religious persecution. This is a familiar story in the Jewish narrative. On countless occasions we have been mistreated and denied rights because of our religion. Our collective memory finds secret … Continue reading

Our Only Hope – Mikketz 5777

I learned perhaps the most important lesson of my career at a funeral while I was still in school. A well-known rabbi in the community had died, and, adding to what was already a tragic situation, his younger son had … Continue reading

Two Words

This morning I am going to talk about two words. The first is Hallelujah—Praise the Lord. You might have seen a link that I posted on Facebook this past week showing the opening skit from last week’s Saturday Night Live … Continue reading

Lullabies and Bedtime Stories – Yom Kippur 5777

My grandmother, of blessed memory, used to sing to me the following lullaby—join in if you know it: Oif’n Pripritchik brent a faieril un in shtub iz heys un der rebbe lerent kleyne kinderlach dem alef beys. While I have … Continue reading

The Next Generation

Last week my son participated in Safety Town. This amazing and crucial Rec and Ed program introduces incoming kindergarteners to a range of important safety procedures. The children interact regularly with police officers, firefighters and other emergency care providers. Each … Continue reading

Drosophila Melanogaster

This week marks the 20th anniversary of my graduation from high school. This milestone in the passage of times brings with it the mixed blessing of nostalgia. Wistfully I recall walking the open fields of the campus and looking across … Continue reading

Stop

This is not a sermon about Bill Cosby. I have to start with that caveat because Cosby’s alleged crimes against women are reprehensible and inexcusable. But as a child of the 80’s, I took many life lessons from his long … Continue reading