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Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
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I am the rabbi of Congregation L'Dor V'Dor on Long Island's North Shore.
I am the rabbi of Congregation L'Dor V'Dor on Long Island's North Shore.

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Drawing Near
Sometimes the Torah packs meaning into one word. Vayigash alav Yehuda—and Judah drew near to Joseph…” (Genesis 44) Judah still does not know that the Egyptian ruler who has been supplying him with rations during the famine and who now threatens the youngest...
Drawing Near
Drawing Near
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Masked and Unmasked
Rabbi Larry Kushner observes that throughout the Joseph story, our hero Joseph often changes clothes. In the opening chapters, his father places the coat of many colors on him and then his brothers tear it from him. There is as well the garment torn from ...
Masked and Unmasked
Masked and Unmasked
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The Miracles of Hanukkah Are Not What You May Think
During my rabbinical school years, my classmates and I gained experience serving small pulpits throughout the country. We traveled to these far-flung congregations once a month or every other week. I served communities in Houghton-Hancock, Michigan; Clark...
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Angels and Demons
Everyone has their demons. And everyone has their angels. There are some that say that when our forefather Jacob wrestled with “beings divine and human” he struggled with his estranged brother Esau. Other suggest he wrestled with Esau’s protecting angel. ...
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons
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Still Dreaming!
Place is central to our most important Jewish dream. That singular dream is recounted at our Passover Seders: L’shanah habaah b’yerushalyim—next year in Jerusalem. And now, as the Psalmist sings, we are in fact like dreamers who have returned to Zion. We...
Still Dreaming!
Still Dreaming!
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Why I Wore a Kippah to Vote
This Tuesday morning, I wore my kippah, the customary head covering many Jews wear in synagogue. We cover our heads as reminder that God is always present. As I entered the local elementary school to vote, I donned my kippah. I don’t wear a kippah all the...
Why I Wore a Kippah to Vote
Why I Wore a Kippah to Vote
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Responding to the Pittsburgh Massacre
At Shabbat evening services we gathered together to celebrate Shabbat and stand in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community. I began the service with these words: I never imagined that I would stand before our congregation and have occasion to speak ...
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Bring Peace!
On Saturday evening I stood with 200 other cyclists watching the sunset over Makhtesh Ramon, a large box canyon in the Negev desert. It was then that we began to learn about the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We made Havdalah and sa...
Bring Peace!
Bring Peace!
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Sacrifice Your Certainty
The tradition lionizes Abraham. He is among our greatest of heroes. We recall his name every time we stand to recite the Amidah. We remember his fortitude, and remind God of our forefather’s devotion, in our prayers. Abraham was tested ten times and each...
Sacrifice Your Certainty
Sacrifice Your Certainty
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Abraham, Albert and Armando
I am thinking about immigrants and refugees. Perhaps it is because I recently watched this moving video about a New York synagogue’s custodian, Armando: Perhaps it is because the Trump administration has reduced the number of refugees allowed into this coun...
Abraham, Albert and Armando
Abraham, Albert and Armando
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