Tisha B’Av: Teaching the Past to Save the Future

Tisha B’Av is a challenging holiday for me in a number of ways. According to Jewish tradition, Tisha B’Av (“the ninth of Av”) is a day of mourning in observance of the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem and other calamities that have struck the Jewish people over the centuries. It is observed by … More Tisha B’Av: Teaching the Past to Save the Future

On the Overturning of Roe v. Wade: It’s the Men

I, like many others, especially in the Jewish community, are reeling from this morning’s decision from the Supreme Court: the 50-year-precendent Roe v. Wade was overturned, eviscerating an established constitutional right and allowing government to exert control of bodily autonomy. Today is a day filled with sadness and rage. The conservative long-game has won. Donald … More On the Overturning of Roe v. Wade: It’s the Men

From Purim to Passover: “Juxtaposing Redemptions is Preferred”

I delivered this d’var Torah at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Reconstrucionist Rabbinical Association on March 6, 2022. Thank you for this opportunity and this honor, and so good to be with colleagues today. We have just passed Rosh Chodesh Adar 2, since this year being a leap year in which we add an … More From Purim to Passover: “Juxtaposing Redemptions is Preferred”

Time to Lie Fallow

As we come upon the two year anniversary of the Covid pandemic, I am, for the first time, by desire and necessity, taking a step back from my work at my congregation. Suffice it to say, I know that we are all hurting from this time. It has not been easy. And I do not … More Time to Lie Fallow