Purim is not simply playful, and the megillah is not all merry. Rabbi Cosgrove uncovers the dark side of the tale of Esther and how the story has been turned around to justify violent acts. At this fraught time, we pray for a peaceful Purim.
March 04, 2023
Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream
Occasion(s) / T’tzavveh, Shabbat Zakhor
February 04, 2023
Occasion(s) / B’shallah
So you think you know the story of the Exodus? Rabbi Cosgrove teaches an alternate version of the story that credits our people’s liberation not to signs and wonders but to the courageous acts of righteous women.
January 21, 2023
Occasion(s) / Va-era
How do we support Israel when we object to the actions of its government? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us that our support is, if anything, more essential now than ever. We must uphold and assist ventures that work toward establishing an Israel that reflects our values.
January 14, 2023
Occasion(s) / Sh’mot
How does the legacy of Heschel speak to us today? On the 50th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Cosgrove calls upon us to honor his values and to do our share to redeem the world.
December 17, 2022
Occasion(s) / Va-yeishev
How will we react to the seismic rightward shift in the Israeli government following last month’s election? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins us that while our love and support of Israel must not waver, we must openly discuss our concerns for sake of the future unity of the Jewish people.
November 19, 2022
Occasion(s) / Hayyei Sarah
Given the fact of interfaith marriages, what is the role and responsibility of the rabbi and the synagogue? Rabbi Cosgrove enjoins interfaith couples to learn about Judaism together and to take responsibility for their Jewish future.
November 05, 2022
Kanye and Kyrie
Occasion(s) / Lekh L’kha
Why should we care about the antisemitic tweets from Kanye, Kyrie, and others? Rabbi Cosgrove explains that hate-filled rhetoric always leads to violence and calls on us to fight antisemitism by every means we have available.
October 29, 2022
Would've, Could've, Should've
Occasion(s) / Noah
Is it good to regret? The Hebrew word naham can mean to regret, to repent, and also to comfort. Rabbi Cosgrove explains how the relationship between these apparently contradictory meanings allows us to learn and to benefit from our mistakes.
October 17, 2022
The Last Letter
Occasion(s) / Shemini Atzeret, Yizkor
The Soviet author Vasily Grossman imagined a final letter from his mother before her death in the Berdichev Ghetto; he also continued writing to her after her death. Rabbi Cosgrove invites us to imagine the letters our loved ones might have written to us and what we would write ourselves.
October 08, 2022
Kissinger on Moses
Occasion(s) / Ha·azinu
Drawing parallels between Moses and successful modern leaders, Rabbi Cosgrove finds that Moses exemplifies all the qualities of a great leader, especially the ultimate measure of success: that one’s values endure far beyond one’s own lifetime.