I'd like to dedicate my column this week to some thoughts about kashrut and food. After all, whether or not we personally keep kosher, or what sort of kashrut we observe, it is a fundamental Jewish practice--one of our most defining spiritual disciplines. For most of our people's history, until the modern period of emancipation, it is probably safe to argue that most Jews kept kosher in one way or another.
Most of us know that the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Tonight, however, is Rosh Hodesh Hanukkah, and each new Jewish month is marked by a new moon. So between the short day and a dim night sky, tonight may well be the darkest night of the year.
The most recent terrorist attack in San Bernadino really shook up Laura and me. Attacking an institute that provides for the developmentally disabled went beyond the pale. I experienced such a wave of moral outrage. To tell the truth, I've really been feeling the weight of the world recently.
I waited too long. That's how it is sometimes, and the flat beans started to dry out on the vine. Kissed by near frost, their moisture shivered away, leaving occasional brown spots, or darkened lines along the edges. I was holding on too tightly before the harvest.
Dvar Torah given by Rabbi Kosak during Kabbalat Shabbat Service on Friday, November 27. Friday night’s talk is: Jacob’s Birthright: We Only Own What We Give Away. Approx 7:19 minutes long. Dvar Torah given by CNS member Gail Sherman at Shabbat Service on Saturday, November 28. Approx 14:05 minutes long. Recorded and edited by Ed Kraus.