Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we prepared for Shabbat at Temple Kol Emeth on Friday morning, our Director of Member Engagement, Cindy Livingston, polished up my monthly reflection with a beautiful banner and a new-and-improved title:

Reflections from Rabbi Gottfried: The Power of Rereading

I never used to reread books. And I didn’t understand why some people advocated for what I believed was tedious and time-consuming. Time is better spent reading new books. 

But lately, as I revisit books that inspired me when I was a rabbinical student and during the early years of my rabbinate, I find myself rejuvenated. The act of recalling something I learned in my youth—remembering how I felt when I first read it—imbues the teaching with new layers of meaning. Read more