What defines a life of k’dushah, of holiness? Responding to that ages-old question, Rabbi Cosgrove finds that a life of holiness includes both observance of ritual detail and commitment to ethical behavior, pride in the distinctions that set Jews apart and responsibility to all humanity.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Holocaust Memory – April 30, 2022
How shall we remember the Holocaust? Rabbi Cosgrove teaches us both the pitfalls of remembrance and that memory should inspire us to live meaningful Jewish lives and to respond compassionately to present-day suffering of others.
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky: Remembering Others and Centering Ourselves – April 23, 2022
The Passover seder asks us to not only think of the lives of our ancestors in Egypt, but to see ourselves “as if” we were there. So too when we recall the loved ones we have lost: We can think of them and their lives, reflecting on what they taught us and left for us.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: To Sign or Not to Sign – April 16, 2022
How do we show our loyalty to the Jewish state? Rabbi Cosgrove explores the reasons to sign or not to sign a recent rabbinic letter regarding the question of funding right-wing Israeli organizations.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: The Pipeline Problem – April 2, 2022
The future of the Jewish community is threatened by a shortage of clergy, with not enough people choosing to become rabbis and too few rabbis choosing to serve congregations. We all have a role in addressing this pipeline problem.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Heartbreaking, Inspiring, and Complicated – March 19, 2022
Rabbi Cosgrove describes the heartbreaking, inspiring, and complicated moments of his recent trip to the Poland-Ukraine border. While acknowledging the complexity of the situation, he reminds us that we must also do whatever we can to provide relief.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Our Esther Moment – March 5, 2022
The story of Esther hangs on the question of whether to reveal one’s identity in public no matter the consequences. In light of current events, Rabbi Cosgrove urges us to stand up for our values and to commemorate Purim with heroic generosity to aid the Jews, and all the people, of Ukraine.
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky: The Forests of Ukraine – February 26, 2022
The forests of Ukraine birthed one of the greatest spiritual revolutions in Jewish history. What can they teach us about ourselves and how we respond to this moment of crisis and others?
RABBI ELLIOT COSGROVE: AMNESTY, ISRAEL, APARTHEID - FEBRUARY 5, 2022
Rejecting the assertions of the recent Amnesty International report on Israel and Palestine, Rabbi Cosgrove envisions the kind of report that could bring the sides closer, not further apart.
RABBI ELLIOT COSGROVE: TEYKU - JANUARY 22, 2022
The Talmud teaches that irreconcilable differences of opinion will be resolved when Elijah the Prophet arrives to announce the Messianic age. Noting the toxic divides of our age, Rabbi Cosgrove teaches that we must learn to hear opinions that differ from our own.
RABBI ELLIOT COSGROVE: STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM - JUANUARY 15, 2022
When do we peak in our life work? Reflecting on the life of Martin Luther King, Rabbi Cosgrove suggests we are all ever at the shores of the sea taking a stride toward opening the next vital chapter of our lives.