Musings with Rabbi Moshe

04/28/2020

Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780

5 Iyar, 5780 April 29, 2020 It certainly does not go unnoticed that this year we celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s 72nd birthday with the majority of the world, including those in Israel, under less than independent living conditions as a result of various stay at home, shelter in place and quarantine orders (I saw so … Continue reading Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780

04/14/2020

Pesach 5780/April 2020

Pesach 5780/April 2020 As we embark on the final days of the Passover holiday, I am reflecting upon the reality that saying the Yizkor memorial prayers on the final day of the festival will look and feel differently this year. Some synagogues will livestream or Zoom their Yizkor memorial prayers. Others, such as Ansche Chesed … Continue reading Pesach 5780/April 2020

01/15/2020

Experiencing History

This past winter break, my family visited Charleston, South Carolina. Over the course of four days, we toured a plantation, took the ferry to Fort Sumter and visited the two historic synagogues remaining downtown. The highlight for me was our visit to two early 19th century mansions located in the oldest part of the city.  … Continue reading Experiencing History

10/31/2019

Musings with Rabbi Moshe Volume 3  

November 2019 When we think about a school, we usually try to highlight outstanding students, programs or initiatives but I’ve always believed that the true greatness of a school lies with its classroom teachers. Nowhere is this more evident than at KSDS. Here, that greatness comes with even greater significance and nuance and is best … Continue reading Musings with Rabbi Moshe Volume 3  

09/12/2019

Hayom harat olam!

Dear KSDS families,  Today is the birthday of the world – hayom harat olam!  These are the words that we will recite on Rosh Hashanah. Just as Pesach marks the anniversary of our creation as a nation, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish anniversary of creation in a cosmic sense.  Yet, we approach this anniversary with … Continue reading Hayom harat olam!

08/23/2017

Reflections from Rabbi Moshe

As I reflect on recent events, I am reminded of a seemingly obscure story from this week’s Torah portion of Shoftim that describes what to do when a corpse is found in the countryside and the identity of the slayer is unknown. The Torah commands the elders and judges to measure the distance to the surrounding towns, … Continue reading Reflections from Rabbi Moshe