Covenant & Conversation

  • Feeling the Fear (Vayishlach 5776)

    It is one of the most enigmatic episodes in the Torah, but also one of the most important, because it was the moment that gave the Jewish people its name: Israel, one who “wrestles with God and with men and… read more
  • How the Light Gets In (Vayetse 5776)

    Why Jacob? That is the question we find ourselves asking repeatedly as we read the narratives of Genesis. Jacob is not what Noah was: righteous, perfect in his generations, one who walked with God. He did not, like Abraham, leave… read more
  • A Father’s Love (Toldot 5776)

    “The boys grew up. Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed at home among the tents.  Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved… read more
  • Faith in the Future (Chayei Sarah 5776)

    He was 137 years old. He had been through two traumatic events involving the people most precious to him in the world. The first involved the son for whom he had waited for a lifetime, Isaac. He and Sarah had… read more
  • To Bless the Space Between Us (Vayera 5776)

    There is a mystery at the heart of the biblical story of Abraham, and it has immense implications for our understanding of Judaism. Who was Abraham and why was he chosen? The answer is far from obvious.  Nowhere is he… read more
  • Journey of the Generations (Lekh Lekha 5776)

    Mark Twain said it most pithily. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how… read more
  • The Courage to Live with Uncertainty (Noach 5776)

    For each of us there are milestones on our spiritual journey that change the direction of our life and set us on a new path. For me one such moment came when I was a rabbinical student at Jews’ College… read more
  • The Art of Listening (Bereishit 5776)

    What exactly was the first sin? What was the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil? Is this kind of knowledge a bad thing such that it had to be forbidden, and was only acquired through sin? Isn’t knowing the… read more
  • Introduction to Covenant and Conversation 5776 on Spirituality

    Covenant and Conversation this year is about spirituality, about the search for God and His place in our lives. Where and how do we find God? What difference does it make? How does Judaism help us become better, more sensitive… read more
  • Moses’ Death, Moses’ Life (Vezot Habracha 5775)

    And so Moses dies, alone on a mountain with God as he had been all those years ago when, as a shepherd in Midian, he caught sight of a bush in flames and heard the call that changed his life… read more