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  • Rabbinic Intern Pink: The Liberty Bell’s Message (May 25, 2024)

    To commemorate Memorial Day, Rabbinic Intern Pink discusses the Torah verse inscribed on the Liberty Bell, analyzing what Jewish tradition teaches about how to achieve liberty and justice for all.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Time to Engage (May 18, 2024)

    What is your response to the anti-Israel protests on college campuses? Explaining that these demonstrations not only express distress at Israel’s response to Hamas, but reflect a surge of antisemitism, Rabbi Cosgrove urges all Jews to step up to combat Jew-hatred politically, legally, and philant...

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: A Free People in Our Land (May 11, 2024)

    How does a connection to the land of Israel play out in your life? In sharing his own personal experience, Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us how the dream and the reality of a sovereign Jewish state in the land of Israel has sustained the Jewish people.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: To an Anti-Israel Protestor (May 4, 2024)

    Rabbi Zauzmer brings us into an imagined conversation with an anti-Israel protestor on campus, giving us guidance for how to speak to our own friends even through vehement disagreement.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: What Makes a Miracle? (April 23, 2024, Passover Day 1)

    What makes a moment in Jewish history, both biblical and not, a miracle? Can what seem to be modern, human interventions be miraculous? Rabbi Zuckerman seeks to answer these questions by reflecting on themes in the Haggadah and times of resilience and survival.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: The Difference Between History & Memory (April 30, 2024, Yizkor)

    The last time we gathered for Yizkor was October 7. Now, we must keep the memories of those killed on that horrific day alive – not as history, but in our personal memories.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: Counting Each New Day (April 24, 2024, Passover Day 2)

    Rabbi Zauzmer leads a participatory discussion about the meaning behind counting the Omer and encourages us to be grateful for each new day.

  • Rabbinic Intern Pink: The Two Types of Fear (April 27, 2024)

    Several texts in Jewish tradition teach us to “have no fear.” But can fear actually be controlled, or is it an instinctual reflex? Rabbinic Intern Pink discusses what Judaism says about processing and acting upon our fears.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: A Seder of Vigilance and Empathy (April 20, 2024)

    Six months after October 7, are you expecting seder guests with conflicted and conflicting views?

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: The Excavation of Our History (April 6, 2024)

    The Jewish connection to the land of Israel has been threatened with severance before October 7, yet these attempts have increased since. Through a historical lens, Rabbi Zuckerman explores how the establishment of Israel is the reconstitution of a national home, not colonization.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Let's Dialogue (March 30, 2024)

    Can we talk? After a recent experience on campus, Rabbi Cosgrove regrets that honest dialogue between people of differing views is prevented by antagonists who would rather play “gotcha” than take part in challenging and vulnerable conversation.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: For Such a Time as This (March 9, 2024)

    Is the story of Esther just a comedic fantasy or is it a parable for our own times? Rabbi Cosgrove finds a lesson in the Megillah for how we can understand our place in society and our responsibility to live joyfully as proud, committed Jews.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: The Day After (March 2, 2024)

    Although Israel remains traumatized by the terror of October 7, the hostages, and the ongoing war, there is talk of “the day after.” Rabbi Cosgrove examines the arguments for and against a two-state solution and offers his vision for a hopeful path forward.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Under the Stretcher (February 24, 2024)

    Israeli society and Jews worldwide need to show solidarity during these times. Using the analogy of “the stretcher,” inspired by author Max Levin, Rabbi Zuckerman emphasizes the importance of carrying our brothers and sisters through the war in Israel in any way that we can, from wherever we may be.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: Show Us Your Imperfections (February 17, 2024)

    Since October 7, we have been more willing to share with one another when we are not okay. Rabbi Zauzmer encourages us to show up in community with all our flaws and our hurts, even when they are of a more personal nature.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Breathe . . . and Breathe Again (February 10, 2024)

    As the Gaza war continues, how do you respond to people whose views on what should happen next in the conflict differ from your own? Rabbi Cosgrove counsels that it is essential to assume positive intent on the part of others and to ask thought-provoking questions to promote understanding.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Writing Our Next Chapter (January 20, 2024)

    What happens when we try to hide, or even undo, our Jewish heritage and identity? It's a story seen throughout history, even told on theater stages. Rabbi Zuckerman explores "The New Jew," who is no longer willing to hide in the shadows of antisemitism, and when to combat hate with love.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: WWMLKS? (January 13, 2024)

    What would MLK say? We cannot know, but based on his writings, Rabbi Cosgrove projects what MLK might say about October 7, about the Israel-Hamas conflict, about Black-Jewish relations, and more.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Go Blue!!! (January 6, 2024)

    How is being Jewish akin to being a Michigan Wolverine? Rabbi Cosgrove points to the pull of pride in belonging and the push of outside hostility that unite a group. As we confront the hostility unleashed on October 7, we must also retain our joy in living a Jewish life.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: The Unknown Future (December 30, 2023)

    We all wish we could know what lies ahead. Rabbi Zauzmer leads a discussion about the anxiety that comes from our inability to know the future.

  • Rabbinic Intern Aiden Pink: After Happily Ever After (December 23, 2023)

    Rabbinic Intern Aiden Pink reflects on a lesser-known story from Genesis, and what it teaches us about the significance of having pride in one’s Judaism and having empathy for others.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson, Z"L (December 16, 2023)

    How should a Jewish majority apply Jewish law and its principles in a sovereign Jewish state in the modern world? Rabbi Cosgrove honors the memory of his friend and teacher Rabbi David Ellenson, z”l, by introducing three of his articles that address this critical question.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Rattled, Raw, and Resilient (December 9, 2023)

    What are you doing now to support Israel? Rabbi Cosgrove reflects on last week’s PAS mission to Israel, emphasizing the overwhelming solidarity of Israelis in caring for survivors of the October 7th attacks, advocating for the hostages, and supporting the soldiers.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: When the Impossible Becomes Possible (December 2, 2023)

    David Ben-Gurion was well aware of the risks he took in founding the State of Israel, yet he pushed on despite his fears. Analogizing this with the Torah, Rabbi Zuckerman uses Jacob's extreme self-confidence to unlock the potential of the Jewish people of today, especially in the wake of October 7.