RABBI LYON’S BLOG

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_31_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Will they honor her memory by choosing to do the same?”   The Jewish New Year 5779, is just a week away. Before

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_17_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

               How apropos that this week’s Torah portion is Shofetim (Deuteronomy 16:18ff), which includes the familiar phrase,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_10_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“The time is ripe for renewing health, well-being and peace.”   In Torah this week, Re’eh (see) is the first word of the portion.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_03_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Thank God for the blessings we’ve been granted and the privilege to enjoy them.”    I’m back. Since June 1st, I was able

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_27_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Beware of Falling Rocks!”   In Jerusalem, a large stone fell from the Western Wall (Kotel) onto the egalitarian prayer space near Robinson’s

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_20_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” Martin Buber   In 2006, a 2.5 pound Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_13_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“I am a Jew because Israel’s promise is a universal promise.” Just one month ago, following our congregational trip to Israel, I spent

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_06_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“There’s no issue today for which we have to kill, defame, or alienate others,  beginning with fellow Americans and fellow Jews.”   Pinchas

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_29_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

If you’re moving the pins on your map, then you’ll find me now in Colorado. Today, I’m surrounded by books and my laptop.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_22_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Don’t cite Biblical verses. Don’t make historical references. Don’t recite poetry and rhymes. When we forcibly separate children and parents, for any reason,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_15_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Beth Israel travelers returned home from Israel this week. They learned many new Hebrew words, like “arba” (four), “boker tov” (good morning),

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_08_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

I’m in Israel. More than that, I’m breathing the air, eating the food, speaking the language, and watching our group experience the land

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_25_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On Israel’s 70th anniversary, the U.S. Embassy in Israel was officially dedicated in its new location in Jerusalem. It actually occupies a building

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_11_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Freedom is an ideal for humanity that we constantly strive to reach. In 1986, Elie Wiesel (z”l), on the occasion of the award

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_04_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Leviticus, a priestly book, has as its primary focus an emphasis on the cleanliness of the community and its adherence to ritual matters

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_27_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Today, we hear a lot about power: military power, corporate power, and political power. We don’t hear as much about personal power. But,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_20_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In the double portion, Tazria/M’tzora, we have the responsibility, even if it isn’t our pleasure, to investigate texts on birth and its aftermath, bodily

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_13_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The dietary laws presented in the Book of Leviticus are intended to draw us closer to God. But even I, as a rabbi,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_06_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In the first half of Parashat Sh’mini (Leviticus 9:1-10:11), we read about the awful fate of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. As sons of the

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_30_2018

August 30, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

When Shabbat falls on the first day of Pesach, Yom Rishon shel Pesach, we read in Torah Moses’ instructions to, “remember this day, on which

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_23_2018

March 23, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This year, Parashat Tzav is read on Shabbat HaGadol, the great Sabbath preceding Passover. It is so called because we find in this week’s haftarah,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_16_2018

March 16, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Book of Leviticus is not a favorite among biblical readers. If it’s any indication, Hollywood hasn’t recreated any scenes from Leviticus, like

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_09_2018

March 9, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The last portion of Exodus is a double portion, called Vayakheil-Pekudei. It recounts the completion of the construction of the Tabernacle, the dwelling

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_02_2018

March 2, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

We have MUSIC! During Cantor Star Trompeter’s installation services last Friday night, I had the overwhelming sensation that the music we’ve come to

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February 26, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“We are children. You guys are the adults. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.”  David Hogg, student at Marjory

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_23_2018

February 23, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“We are children. You guys are the adults. Work together, come over your politics, and get something done.”  David Hogg, student at Marjory

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_16_2018

February 16, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

I was in New York City twice in the last three weeks. I don’t use the subway, because I’m quite sure that I’d

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_09_2018

February 9, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

We fear the things we don’t understand. It’s true. Think about anything you fear and you’ll conclude that you don’t understand enough about

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_02_2018

February 2, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On Friday night, January 26th, I was in New York City, at Central Synagogue for Cantor Daniel Mutlu’s installation service. Cantor Mutlu invited

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_26_2018

January 26, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This week’s Torah portion is called B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), and it contains the Song of the Sea. It’s the victory song sung by

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_19_2018

January 19, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Torah portion called Bo, described the last plagues that God visited upon Egypt before Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go. The narrative

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_12_2018

January 12, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Last Saturday evening, Malcolm Mazow was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah at the age of 83. The Mishnah teaches that

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_05_2018

January 5, 2018

From the Rabbi David Lyon

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon January 5, 2018   “It is not your obligation to complete all the work, but neither

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_29_2017

December 29, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

When I was a child in a sprawling Chicago suburb, I remember the farmer’s field at the end of our street. It was

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_22_2017

December 22, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The last night of Hanukkah was my favorite night because the Menorah was full of light. In a darkened room the lights glow

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_15_2017

December 15, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

שַׁ֭אֲלוּ שְׁל֣וֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָ֑ם יִ֝שְׁלָ֗יוּ אֹהֲבָֽיִךְ׃ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, “May those who love you be at peace.” Chanukah is here. The

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_01_2017

December 1, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Getting ready for the holidays requires more than stocking the refrigerator and tidying up the guest room. It has been said that holidays

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_17_2017

November 17, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Thanksgiving is around the corner. By now, the flood waters have surely receded, but the difficulty of repairing and rebuilding homes and lives

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_10_2017

November 10, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Jewish daily worship begins in the morning with a prayer to acknowledge God’s handiwork in the creation of the morning. It includes a

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_20_2017

October 20, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Our work continues after the flood. I know that it’s difficult to hear about it over and over again, but it’s a subject

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_06_2017

October 6, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On January 9, 2013, the Houston Chronicle published my op-ed, “We are all responsible for Sandy Hook Slayings: The nation needs to talk

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_25_2017

August 25, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Among the Ten Commandments is the second commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee a

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_18_2017

August 18, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

A week ago, in Charlottesville, Virginia, our nation’s under-belly emerged with brown shirts and swastikas to foment hate, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. Their racist

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_12_2017

August 12, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Moses’ final words to the Israelite people about their future in the Promised Land continue in this week’s Torah portion called Eikev (Deuteronomy

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_28_2017

July 28, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Devarim: Words and Things” Some years ago, a Temple friend gave me a copy of the book, “Simple Words: Thinking about What Really

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_21_2017

July 21, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

We’re eager to fulfill the mitzvah to visit the sick, in Hebrew, bikkur cholim. Why? On a basic human level it just feels

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_14_2017

July 14, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Pinchas is a Biblical personality who was known for his remarkable passion to serve God. In Numbers 25, we learn how Pinchas drove

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_07_2017

July 7, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Long ago in the hot climate of Middle Eastern summers, our rabbis-of-old persisted in their Jewish studies, but they took up lighter matters

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_30_2017

June 30, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

 In the news this week, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reneged on two major commitments to progressive Jewish leaders in the Reform

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_16_2017

June 16, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Prayer is too often overlooked as a meaningful way to engage the world around us. It’s partially due to our rational and scientific

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_09_2017

June 9, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Open up your TaNaCh, your Hebrew Bible, to Numbers 12. It’s one of my favorite portions, because it begins with the familial conflict

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_02_2017

June 2, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

An “Aron Kodesh” is a Holy Ark. The Holy Ark in the Gordon Chapel at Congregation Beth Israel is made of Acacia wood.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_26_2017

May 26, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Confirmation in the 10th grade is a source of pride to teenagers who claim their Judaism at different stages in their lives by

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_19_2017

May 19, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Our trip to Cuba took two-and-a-half hours by plane and 60 years by history. Travel to Havana from Houston’s IAH was easy and

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04-28-2017

April 28, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Tazria-Metzora is one of the least favorite portions in the whole Torah, because it’s about bodily emissions, leprosy, and other taboo subjects. But,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_21_2017

April 21, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

We’re marching in the streets. We’re protesting on national issues. We’re making an impact. But, are we ignoring ominous winds blowing from the

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_14_2017

April 14, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“On Passover: Lingering in the Present” Rabbi David Lyon, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston A story is told about a Jewish art lover who

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_31_2017

March 31, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), www.aipac.org, held their annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., this past week with nearly 18,000 delegates in attendance.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_17_2017

March 17, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Our response to the crisis in Jewish communities across America requires no collection of verses or teachings to express our fear and rage.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_10_2017

March 10, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Congregation Beth Israel hosted the Mensch Foundation as we honored President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in our sanctuary. Please click the links

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_03_2017

March 3, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Gifts. They’re not what they seem. More than wrapped packages we need to give or to be given, the most precious gifts are

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_24_2017

February 24, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Thirty-six times the Torah commands, “The stranger you should not mistreat, nor should you oppress him as you were strangers in the land

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_17_2017

February 17, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, rabbi, attorney, and Executive Director of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism, is coming to Houston this weekend. The reason

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_03_2017

February 3, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Encountering the World with Enduring Jewish Understandings” Rabbi David Lyon / Congregation Beth Israel, Houston / dlyon@beth-israel.org   Jewish thought is complex. It’s

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_20_2017

January 20, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Exodus begins, tonight. This Shabbat, we open the Book of Exodus to the familiar story. If we read it as if it

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_13_2017

January 13, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Every morning for the past month, I’ve made it my routine to visit the sanctuary. Every day during the week, skilled workmen have

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_06_2017

January 6, 2017

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In two weeks, our new president will be inaugurated in our nation’s capital. Since Election Day in November, I’ve read and listened to

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_23_2016

December 23, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_16_2016

December 16, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

If it hasn’t happened already, then soon your sons and daughters will be returning home from college for the December holiday. It’s a

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_09_2016

December 9, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On Friday, December 2nd, my Shabbat message in the sanctuary was titled, “Humanity Begins at Home.” It bears reprinting here, not because I

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_02_2016

December 2, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Va-yeet-rohtz-etzu”. Easy for you to say. It’s alliterative. It’s the Hebrew word in this week’s Torah portion that describes how the twins, Jacob

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_18_2016

November 18, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In April, 2016, New York Times columnist, Arthur Brooks, wrote, “Liberals should be liberals and conservatives should be conservatives. But our duty is

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_11_2016

November 11, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Veteran’s Day is a day to honor every American who served in the armed forces to defend our country. It’s a day to

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_04_2016

November 4, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

David Brooks is a brilliant and insightful writer for the New York Times. You send me links to his articles to read, especially

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_28_2016

October 28, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

    The Torah reading cycle begins anew this Shabbat, with the first verses of Genesis. You know them well, “In the beginning,” or “When

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_14_2016

October 14, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays. Also called Zeman Simchatienu, the “Season of our Joy,” Sukkot is purposely joyful to follow Yom Kippur’s solemn

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_07_2016

October 7, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This Rosh Hashanah, using our new High Holiday prayerbook, Mishkan HaNefesh, I enjoyed listening to the Prayer for the Congregation. In the past,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 09_23_2016

September 23, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Just another week. The Jewish New Year begins on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sunday evening, October 2, 2016; the 1st day of Tishrei 5777.  What should

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 09_16_2016

September 16, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

                When I was a child I used to say, “Finders keepers, losers weepers.” You probably did, too. It was a juvenile phrase.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 09_09_2016

September 9, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

If you know me, I’m not a fan of food. We just have a love/hate relationship, that’s all. It doesn’t mean that I

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 09_02_2016

September 2, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

(republished by request) In Torah this week, Re’eh (see) is the first word of the portion. “See, this day I set before you

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_19_2016

August 19, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Israeli athlete snubbed by Egyptian opponent. The headline said it all. The comments that followed reflected the myriad opinions on the animosity that

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_12_2016

August 12, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Words and things are different, but not in Hebrew. In Hebrew, “Devarim” means both words and things. The difference between them becomes clear

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_29_2016

July 29, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

When my children were very little, I was the chief disciplinarian in our house. When one of the four kids wasn’t on task,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_22_2016

July 22, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Nothing replenishes my body and mind like time in the mountains. On a hike with Lisa and friends, I breathe deeply and smell

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_29_2016

July 19, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

When my children were very little, I was the chief disciplinarian in our house. When one of the four kids wasn’t on task,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_15_2016

July 15, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Prophet Micah (8th c BCE) said to the Israelites, “Remember what Balak, king of Moab, plotted against You (in the past), and how

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_08_2016

July 8, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Americans on vacation travel to some of the finest places in the world. Without leaving the country, we have the privilege to step

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_01_2016

July 1, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Korah was a rebel. He led a rebellion against God and Moses, and lost. Torah explains that Korah lost because of his lack

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_24_2016

June 24, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

At one time or another, all of us have said, “Don’t shoot the messenger.” It’s an adage that could have been inspired by

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_17_2016

June 17, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The roots of violence against the LGBT community can be found in common places. An unfit leader in the community, an outspoken politician

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_13_2016

May 13, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Rabbi Samuel E. Karff is a leader among us. His reputation as a seminal rabbi in the Reform movement follows him to this

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_06_2016

May 6, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Mother’s Day has been celebrated for centuries. In America, it was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908, and became an official U.S. holiday

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_27_2016

May 5, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

We leave for Israel on Sunday, May 29th. More than 40 people are joining me, my wife, Lisa, and Rabbi Joshua Herman for

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_29_2016

April 29, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Passover is over. The story has been told, the rituals have been observed, and the hope for redemption has been renewed. Despite our

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_22_2016

April 22, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

As we prepare to sit down at our Seder tables, it’s likely that we’re spending it at the home of a family member

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_08_2016

April 8, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Leprosy is a subject no one likes to discuss. Today, it’s called Hansen’s disease, but it’s still leprosy. In Torah, it’s the stuff

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_01_2016

April 1, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In this week’s Torah reading (Shemini), we learn about Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. As sons of the high priest, we assume that

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_25_2016

March 25, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Beware: Any references to Purim are only coincidental. I was there when Donald Trump appeared at the AIPAC Policy Conference. It was another

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_11_2016

March 11, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

When will it end? Horrifying accounts on the front pages of credible news sources tell the real story of terrorist attacks aimed at

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_04_2016

March 4, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Recently, I returned from Israel where I was attending the convention of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis), which is held in

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_26_2016

February 26, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Israel. This week, I’m sitting in the sun in Jerusalem as I write. It’s a glorious city that beckons like no other. Its

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_12_2016

February 12, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In Torah this week, God tells Moses to say to the Israelites, “Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you shall accept

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_29_2016

January 29, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In Torah this week we read the Ten Commandments. The Tablets of the Law were given in the wilderness of Sinai. It was

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_22_2016

January 22, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

There are few things that we insist our children and teens attend beyond their favorite movies, sports, and malls. That’s a shame because

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_15_2016

January 15, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“While we’re living there’s always hope” (Talmud). To you, it might seem obvious that life equals hope, but such wisdom is found in

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_08_2016

January 8, 2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Self-control. We have little problem with control; it’s the “self” that gets in the way. Taking a cue from a page of Talmud,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_30_2015

December 30, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This is the year. 2016 is going to be the year when we resolve to do what we’ve resolved to do every year

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_25_2015

December 25, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The last night of Hanukkah is my favorite night because the Menorah is full of light. In a darkened room the lights glow

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_18_2015

December 18, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Hanukkah is behind us but the holiday season is still with us. The lights are up all around town with plenty of blue

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 12_04_2015

December 4, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

It’s difficult to believe. Another mass shooting. More innocent lives shattered. So many words have been written and spoken in the aftermath, and

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_20_2015

November 20, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On August 20, 2014, renowned Holocaust scholar, Deborah Lipstadt, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times. She began with an old Jewish

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_13_2015

November 13, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“If a man makes a harness for his beast, how much the more should he fashion a harness for his impulses, which may

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 11_06_2015

November 6, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This past week, the ERJCC Book Fair began in Houston with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of England, who came

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_23_2015

October 23, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Genesis 12 opens with familiar words spoken by God to Abram (Abraham), “Go forth from your homeland, from your kindred, and from your

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 10_02_2015

October 2, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Just a week after Yom Kippur, we’re still feeling the warmth and spirit of our season of repentance. Thank you for your emails,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 09_25_2015

September 25, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Torah records what the Israelites did when they trekked through the wilderness. They lived in Sukkot, in temporary booths. Part of our observance

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 09_04_2015

September 4, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Remember the time you packed up the car for a family vacation? When you arrived at your vacation destination you probably shouted, “We

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_28_2015

August 28, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Israel is on my mind, today. It’s on my mind everyday. As an American, I think of Israel as a critical ally in

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08/21/2015

August 21, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Justice, justice shall you pursue!” (Deuteronomy 17:20). These are the words that open our Torah portion. They speak volumes about our Jewish outlook.

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_14_2015

August 14, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In Torah this week, Re’eh (see) is the first word of the portion. “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse…”

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 08_07_2015

August 7, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

There is infinite energy in the world. You and I have the privilege to be conscious of it for as long as we

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_31_2015

July 31, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

There are few tasks that create as much anxiety as written tests. Some of us haven’t taken written tests in a long time,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_24_2015

July 24, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

My email inbox is stuffed with articles, posts, and opinions about the P5+1 deal with Iran. It was difficult to sort them out

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_17_2015

July 17, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

As the week comes to a close, the reaction to the U.S.-Iran deal is opening a wave of opinions. The reactions are anticipated

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_10_2015

July 10, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Phineas or Pinchas is the name of this week’s Torah portion. You might recognize it as the Hebrew name of your father, grandfather

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 07_03_2015

July 3, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

The Torah portion this week has a great cast of characters including God, Balak, king of Moab, and Balaam, the diviner of blessings

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_26_2015

June 26, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

After a woman was credited with calling in the tip that led to the arrest of Dylann Roof, the alleged shooter in Charleston,

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_19_2015

June 19, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

I was out of town for a meeting of rabbis this past week, but it didn’t keep me from checking on the progress

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_12_2015

June 12, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

At one time or another, all of us have said, “Don’t shoot the messenger.” Did you know that it comes from as least

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 06_05_2015

June 5, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

When two-hundred people arrive for dinner you better have enough food, place-settings, tables and chairs to accommodate them. That’s why Congregation Beth Israel

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_29_2015

May 29, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Many of us are thankful that Monday night’s relentless storms weren’t any worse, but too many of us are still overwhelmed by the

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_15_2015

May 15, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

If it hasn’t happened already, then soon your sons and daughters will be returning home from college for the summer. It’s a time

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 05_01_2015

April 30, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This past week, PBS ran a program to remember the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. With specific focus

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_24_2015

April 24, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, the main character, a 15 year-old autistic child observes that the

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_17_2015

April 17, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On Sunday, April 19th, at 3:00 p.m., Congregation Emanu El will host this year’s community-wide observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The juxtaposition of

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_10_2015

April 10, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In this week’s Torah reading (Shemini), we learn about Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. As sons of the high priest, we assume that

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 04_03_2015

April 3, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_27_2015

March 27, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, and twenty-five years after ordination from HUC-JIR, my classmates and I gathered on the Cincinnati campus on Founders’

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_20_2015

March 20, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

This week, we begin the book of Leviticus. It’s not a favorite book among Biblical readers. If it’s any indication, Hollywood hasn’t recreated

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 03_06_2015

March 6, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Have you heard the joke about three Jews and four opinions? Well, this week I sat among 16,000 delegates to the AIPAC Policy

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_27_2015

February 27, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

A ring of Muslims standing around the exterior of a synagogue, anywhere, is usually a reason to sound the alarm. In Oslo, last

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_20_2015

February 20, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

“Western Freedom with without Jews and Judaism: Getting Lessons from the Past Right this Time” A young man once told me that he

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_13_2015

February 13, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Valentine’s Day, or what I like to call “Valenstein’s” Day has drawn a lot of attention to itself via Hallmark and other commercial

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 02_06_2015

February 2, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

In Torah this week, we read the Ten Commandments as part of the whole story of the giving of the Law to the

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_30_2015

January 30, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

AIPAC is the American Israel Political Affairs Committee. Its mission is “to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_23_2015

January 23, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

Rabbi Aaron Panken, PhD, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, our Reform seminary, will be our guest this weekend. Rabbi Panken

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_16_2015

January 16, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

As news cycles go, it’s late to comment as urgently as others did after the peace rally in Paris. But, I write for

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Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_09_2015

January 9, 2015

From the Rabbi David Lyon

There are times when I respond instinctively to matters and write about them urgently. There are other times when I’m stunned by events

The Hurricane Harvey Flood Fund

Hurricane Harvey left Houston and surrounding areas in a shambles, but the great people of Houston are banding together to help and heal. Your help is welcome and needed. You may send Gift Cards (Kroger, Target, HEB, Lowe’s, or Visa/Mastercard, etc.) to Congregation Beth Israel. They will be immediately distributed to area neighbors to assist in replacing essential items and children’s school supplies.

You may also Donate directly to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here. All funds will go directly to aid those who need immediate help. These funds will NOT be held to be allocated later. On behalf of our clergy (Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Rabbi Chase Foster, and Cantor Trompeter), David Scott, Executive Director, and Bruce Levy, Temple President, we are very grateful for your kindness, generosity, and help.

Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.

Rabbi David Lyon

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