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It's time for the Suburban Synagogue...again

09/05/2019 10:06:42 PM



If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it’s a synagogue.

10 years ago, I became a Rabbi and over that time I have to confess that I have frequently broken one of the Ten Commandments. I have coveted. I have...Read more...

Thou Shalt Never, but Never, be a Bystander

07/28/2019 07:43:10 PM


MetroWest Daily News

In the month of February a 15-year-old girl was forced to flee her country. She was too young to make this decision on her own, so her mother and step-father made the decision they felt was best for her. Her father died when she was...Read more...

How to Choose a Religious School by Rabbi Danny Burkeman & Alison Weikel

07/15/2019 07:38:52 PM


Recently we were both witness to a discussion on a Jewish Facebook page as a parent asked a question about looking into Hebrew school options for her first-grader. Forty-four comments (and counting) later it was clear there were a lot of people seeking to share...Read more...

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) - A Day of Hope

05/09/2019 07:54:33 PM


The Wayland Town Crier

I think it’s fair to say that we are living in challenging times. Up until today, this week had not been my favorite one to be a Rabbi. It began in the shadow of the hateful attack on Congregation Chabad in Poway, CA and the...Read more...

Syncing our Words and Actions to be a Welcoming Community

04/09/2019 10:21:49 PM


“We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.”
– Isaac Bashevis Singer

As synagogues we are generally (read: are hopefully) good at saying the right things. We make the statements...Read more...

Yes on #3

11/28/2018 08:01:37 PM


Rabbi Danny Burkeman

Yes on Question 3

In our family we often talk about the way that our children look like my wife, myself and other family members. While we love seeing the individuality of both of our children, there is also something wonderful in seeing the way that they look like us and various other relatives. It’s a reminder of the family connection that we all share and characteristics that we have in common. And while there are physical...Read more...

What are we doing to our children?

11/28/2018 08:01:24 PM


Rabbi Danny Burkeman

When we’re at a playground I love the fact that my daughter Gabby will invariably get bored playing with just me and will go towards the other kids who are there and say: “Hey guys, can I play with you?” She is fearless in the way that she will go up to complete strangers and try to start playing with them. And one of things that I really love is that she will go up to any child who is there, at her innocent age she still doesn’t see...Read more...

After Pittsburgh Massacre, A Rainbow of Support

10/29/2018 08:15:19 PM


The Boston Globe

It was a wonderful Bar Mitzvah on Saturday morning. The young man led our service beautifully and his family beamed throughout. I was aware that my phone was vibrating more than usual, but I assumed it was typical iPhone...Read more...

Bringing One Love to our Synagogue

05/07/2018 03:53:10 PM


What do we want in a relationship for our children? If the jokes are to be believed, then a Jewish mother’s only concern is that her daughter marries a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or similarly successful professional.

We know,...

Why Are There Seven Days in a Week?

08/28/2017 08:20:08 PM


Town Crier

Most of our divisions of time have their sources in natural phenomenon. A day as 24 hours follows the time it takes for a full rotation of the earth, the months originally (and still in Judaism and Islam) follow a lunar cycle from...Read more...

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