In an imagined conversation with the founding father of Zionism, Rabbi Cosgrove assesses the accomplishments, the aspirations, and the complexities of the Jewish state and provides a charge for us all to create strong Jewish identities.
Rabbi Shayna Zauzmer: Honey Moments – September 25, 2022
Rabbi Zauzmer explores the meaning of honey on Rosh Hashanah and throughout the year.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: These Truths We Hold Dear – September 17, 2022
What stories do we tell ourselves? What elements do we choose to include – or exclude? In this service from Selichot, Rabbi Cosgrove explores the role we play in constructing our narratives, our history, and ultimately, our truth.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Lost and Found – September 10, 2022
Rabbi Cosgrove suggests that while the Torah lists detailed rules for returning lost property, the deeper meaning of this concern may be about repairing lost relationships and restoring our souls.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Keeping Pace – June 11, 2022
Graduation season reminds us that time moves forward inexorably. Rabbi Cosgrove teaches that even though it is human nature to resist change, we live best when we move forward with openness to becoming our best selves in whatever circumstances the future brings.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Rights and Obligations – June 4, 2022
The story of Ruth, read on Shavuot, demonstrates the value of putting others’ needs above our own. Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us that our Jewish tradition teaches that we are not free to do whatever we please, but that living in society requires us to accept limits on our freedom.
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky: Do Not Wrong One Another – May 21, 2022
What can the Torah teach us about facing the horrors and hatred we see in Buffalo and the world around us? Rabbi Witkovsky explores the injunction in Leviticus, “Do not wrong one another,” and implores us to stand up against hate wherever it is found.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Holy Living – May 7, 2022
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.