Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure to participate in some Batei Din (plural for Beit Din), which is the Hebrew word for Rabbinic Court.Read More
Contrary to public opinion in my house, I’m pretty handy.Read More
Sarah Silverman and Rashi have a lot to teach us.
That’s right, you read that correctly.Read More
I had a wonderful opportunity to talk to a friend for a project he’s working on today.Read More
It is now the year 2018.Read More
This morning, I actually sat down to meditate.Read More
My friend and I were discussing engaging people in programming for our institutions and we identified that there are three parts to the equation.Read More
Teaching for impact without the “wow” -
On Shabbat, I taught a piece of text from the Shulkhan Arukh at a moment in our service for learning. It was suggested to me by my rav when I was trying to figure out what to teach. I looked up a bunch of references, but all in all, the text stood by itself. Little more was said on it that the words themselves.Read More
The last few days, I volunteered to open and close the synagogue so that the non-Jewish staff could spend time with their families for the holiday.Read More
It is the message of this season that we must strive to be a light in the darkness, to be better human beings than we were before and to take the time to do so.Read More
With the sad news of Gene Wilder's death, I revisited one of my favorite's of his works, The Frisco Kid. In this phenomenally funny movie, Gene Wilder plays a Polish rabbi sent to serve a community in San Francisco in the 1850s.Read More
We find our illustrious heroes, the Israelite people. They are at the edge of the land, not yet into Israel. For the last few weeks in the Torah, and for most of the book of Deuteronomy, Moses has been preaching to the people. He is terrified and desperate for the people to know what they are to do and how they are to act once they are in the land.Read More
...For the next two hours, I listened. I listened to black women who spoke of challenges and concerns that my white male privilege has shielded me from. I listened to black women who prayed for resolution, strength, and protection. I listened to black women who wanted justice. Beside them, supporting them, and in their name, I chanted, "we're on the people's side", "trust Black women", and "Black lives matter."...Read More
Imagine, for a moment, that you can enter any Jewish setting, a synagogue, a class, a Shabbat meal. You walk in, sit down, and within a few minutes, you know easily what page everyone is on. You feel comfortable and at ease. You know what to do and what is next.
Truth is, very few people these days really feel that comfort. They don’t feel at ease, know what page we’re on, or what is really happening. It’s a problem we all need to face and be honest about...Read More
A Prayer for Peace
Praised are you, Holy One, who coaxes us towards peace, wholeness, and justice, may it be your will that we can work together to end this violence...