D'vrei Torah

Shabbat Sukkot: All Things Flow Into It

Chag Sameach! The festival of Sukkot welcomes us with the Lulav and Etrog, the decorated Sukkah and concludes with the joyous celebration of Torah in Simchat Torah. Quite a week! As with the Pilgrammage Festivals [Read more…]

Radio Show

BGR 9/8/2015: Advanced Care

In the September 8, 2015 episode of Boomer Generation Radio, Rabbi Address and his guests discuss advanced care. In the first segment, the guests are Jon Broyles, executive director, and the Rev. Tyrone Pitts, a [Read more…]


Sukkot 5776: Fragile Is Our Hold On Life

The “T’kiyah g’dolah” has been sounded and the Gates have been closed. We set our sights on the festival of Sukkot, this week long festival of harvest and gathering. Synagogues and individuals gathered to start [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Illness and Death – Jewish Decision Trees – Rosh Hashana sermon by Rabbi Stephen Roberts

Editor’s Note: This sermon was delivered by Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts at Temple of the High Country, Boone, NC, on Rosh Hashana morning. My father, of blessed memory, was a highly educated physician. He wrote [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Ha’azinu: From Generation to Generation

It is not a coincidence that the portion for this Shabbat, “Ha’azinu” comes to us as we move from Yom Kippur to Sukkot. This poem, found in Deuteronomy 32 is the next to last portion [Read more…]


Yom Kippur 5776: Before the Gates Close and the Book is Sealed….

There is so much to think about this year. It does seem that, with every passing year, the issues of the world seem graver, the challenges of life seem so much more complicated. For so [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

A Whack of Humility

  [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his year was the first time in a long time that I did not lead services on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Having recently left my chaplaincy position of 25 years (and where [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Va’Yelech: When Is It Time to Let Go?

This week we reach one of the most poignant passages of text. Deuteronomy 31, 1 and 2. Moses stands beofre the people. Aware that his death may be near, that the transfer of power and [Read more…]

Talmud Torah

Yom Kippur and the Tradition of Remembering Souls on the Other Side

Editor’s Note: This commentary is adapted from Rabbi Raphael’s April 1, 2015 article in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. On Yom Kippur, it is traditional to recite Yizkor prayers in memory of deceased loved ones. The [Read more…]


5776: What The Letters Tell Us

For years I looked at the Hebrew letters that formed the abbreviation for the dawning year. Each letter carries with it its own mystical meaning. I often began each Rosh Hoshannah service with a small [Read more…]