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Rabbi Daniel Cohen
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Rabbi Cohen began serving as spiritual leader of Congregation Agudath Sholom in 2005. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Cohen is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York and its Azrieli Graduate School. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. After his ordination he and his wife, Diane, spent a year in Israel, after which he returned to the States to serve as an assistant Rabbi in West Orange, New Jersey. His first pulpit as a senior rabbi was in West Hartford where he spent about seven years in which time he doubled their membership. Rabbi Cohen then moved on to a much larger synagogue in Denver, a position he held for the three years immediately prior to coming to Congregation Agudath Sholom. Rabbi Cohen serves as a National Officer of the Rabbinical Council of America, a Regional Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League, a member of American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council and the past current Chairman of the Vaad of Fairfield County and the Stamford Rabbinical Council. He is currently writing his first book "What Will They Say About You? Seven Principles for Reverse Engineering Your Life"

Rabbi Cohen also exudes a passion for Jewish outreach. While in West Hartford, he founded Jewish Links to share the joys of Judaism and most recently he launched the website

Rabbi Cohen and Diane are the grateful parents of six daughters: Sara Malka, Michal, Adina, Elisheva, Tamar and Shalhevet.

Entries by Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Bible-Based Campaign Aims to Pay-it-Forward This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 3:49 PM


Will you make a difference in someone's life this Thanksgiving weekend?

Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will you take the time to make someone's day?

You may have seen it or heard about it but if...

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Smiling and Climbing: In Tribute to Joe Gold

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Are you smiling and climbing?

This week, our community celebrated the life of Joe Gold, t. His eulogy serves as a source of inspiration for each of us. What can you learn from the life of Joe Gold?

The greatest crown is a good name. More than wealth,...

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Searching for God in Stamford

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:58 PM

Whether beginning the new Jewish new year or the season of fall, the change of weather evokes feeling of renewal and rejuvenation.

I recently went searching for God in Stamford at the the Arts and Crafts Fair. I posed two questions: Which season is most Divine and why and...

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The No. 1 Song This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:55 PM

There is much ado about the No. 1 song this summer. Will it be "Summer" by Calvin Harris, "Rude" by Magic or "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore? What song captures the season this year?

I do not know the answer, but I do know that in six months we...

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Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:45 PM

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way.

I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

I know that no matter how much...

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Searching for God at the Shopping Center

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 6:47 PM

No more swearing. Be a better boyfriend. Make more money... so I can give it away.

What is your New Year's resolution? Do you believe in making New Year's resolutions?

This past week, I interviewed a number of people as I searched for God at Ridgeway Shopping Center...

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The Best Holiday Lights

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 10:14 PM

Where are the best holidays lights? I learned my answer in a magic moment in a New York City cab.

We are in the midst of the season of light. Regardless of our faith, we are dazzled by the display. What is the take away from the glow? When...

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Searching for God at Trader Joe's

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:23 AM

This past week, I visited Trader Joe's in Stamford, Conn. searching for God. I posted two questions.

First, what item would be #1 on God's shopping list at Trader Joe's? Second, what are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

I would love to hear your responses in the comment...

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The Mayor of Mayors

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:45 PM

I never thought I wanted to be mayor until last week.

With the recent elections of mayors in different cities, scandals anew and realization of the impact of mayors nationwide, maybe we all should consider becoming mayors!

Some people may be thinking, "If I cannot become mayor of a...

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The Gravity in Gravity

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:27 PM

Spoilers ahead

One of the most moving scenes in the hit film Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is in the final moments. The script follows Ryan Stone, an engineer, whose career path unexpectedly puts her on a space shuttle doing repairs. She's paired with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski....

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Tears for My Mom

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:10 PM

My mother passed away from a brain aneurysm at the young age of 44. I always feel her presence, but recently it was extra special. I knew she was with me as I officiated this past Sunday at the wedding of Shoshana Gottfried and Reuben Morrow in Stamford, Conn.

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Searching for God at Starbucks

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:47 PM

Where can we find God? Join me on my journey to search for God at Starbucks.
I asked people two questions. What Starbucks beverage would God enjoy and why?
What would you say to God?
Please share the video and let me know your...

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The Suprising Story Behind the World's Most Expensive Violin

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:51 PM

A violinist once stood before an audience and enraptured them with his artistry. Suddenly, in the middle of his performance, he took the violin from beneath his chin and smashed it into pieces. The audience was shocked and bewildered.

The violinist walked across the stage and spoke: "Do not be...

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An Open Letter to A-Rod

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 11:34 AM

How do you want to be remembered?

Is it as one of the highest paid baseball players of all time? Is it as a home run king and as one of the greatest players of all time?

I am not a ball player but a Rabbi. I cannot...

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40 Days to a Better You

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 1:51 PM

You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime! Our achievements and fulfillment in life emerge from the choices we make every day. When we measure our lives, too often we ask ourselves "Where has the time gone?" We ponder -- What if and Why not?


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The Best July 4th Memory

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:07 AM

When you wake up on July 5th, what will you remember from Independence Day for a day, for a year or for a lifetime?

Think back for a moment of the experiences you will never forget. Not simply ones that left you feeling good, but ones that resonate deeply...

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What It Means to Be a Father

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 1:47 PM

This year's Father Day will be different. It all began last summer at JFK airport.

As my daughter Michal prepared to embark on her year of study in Jerusalem, I wondered what to say as my parting words.

What would you say to a child going away? Would...

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Is It the Shoes or the Soul? In Honor of Air Jordan on his 50th

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 3:01 PM

I had a dream. Like most kids growing up playing hoops, I wanted to fly.

Growing up in Atlanta in the '70s and '80s, we played a lot of pickup basketball games in our driveway and in leagues at our local community center. I wondered -- were it the...

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Live Life Backward in 2013: The Ultimate New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Ever wonder where the time has gone? It seems like every December, we lament how quickly the year flew by. Where did the days go? We pledge to spend more time on life's real priorities. We make resolutions to spend more time with family, on our health, and personal growth....

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Be an Angel: In Tribute to Newtown

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 2:15 PM

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." (MLK, 1963)

How do we respond to the tragedy in Newtown last week? The loss of lives remains unfathomable and filled with grief. Twenty children and six adults...

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