Rabbi Adam Roffman

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Why Am I A Member?

by Julie Carpenter

At the 133rd Annual Meeting Shearith Israel Members were asked to answer this simple question, Why Am I a Member? Responses were funny, heartfelt, emotional and showed the breadth of commitment to our community. Here are a few:  When my wife and I moved to Dallas in 1986, I went shul shopping.  I went to Orthodox, […]

Turn it, and turn it again 25 years later

by Adam Roffman

Do you remember what your Rabbi said to you on the day you became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? My guess is, probably not. I sure didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I wasn’t listening. I had (have!) a tremendous amount of respect for the now Rabbi Emeritus of our large suburban synagogue […]

Confessions of a Reluctant Beard-Grower

by Adam Roffman

Every year, around this time, when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a few weeks, I am greeted with the same five words. “Rabbi, I like the beard!” It takes quite a bit of restraint not to reply, “Thanks, but I hate it!” It’s true, though.  Facial hair is not my thing.  It’s […]

Why is Passover eight days long?

by Adam Roffman

We tend to take it for granted that things in Judaism are the way they are for a reason, even if we don’t necessarily know or understand that reason ourselves.  Nevertheless, I find that when it comes to deepening my relationship with my faith, asking myself, “Did it have to be this way?” is so […]

Sharing the Obligation and the Reward

by Adam Roffman

Last Shabbat morning, we welcomed seventeen beautiful souls into our Shearith Israel family at our Tiny Treasures ceremony. It was an interesting coincidence that on the morning we celebrated and welcomed the newest children of our community, we also read the commandment to honor our parents. As a parent myself, this strikes me as an […]

A “Not Just December” Dilemma

by Julie Carpenter

by Rabbi Adam Roffman A couple  weeks ago, I was watching TV with Shira when I saw my first “Happy Holidays” commercial of the season.  And, as is usually the case, I turned to her and said, “already?” I looked down at my watch and read the date.  November 1st.  “Of course,” I thought to […]