We are All Sitting Shiva Now

This has been a paralyzing week. I was getting ready for our own Shabbat gathering last Saturday--we have a rotating set of study groups that meet on Shabbat morning; that Shabbat was Talmud study--when Yohanna texted me the news of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was a bit surreal. …

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On the Shooting in Pittsburgh

Words I shared with my congregation this afternoon in the wake of the attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh: Dear friends, By now, many of you have heard the horrible news of the shooting this morning at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. As of this writing there are 11 confirmed dead and numerous more injured. Our …

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It’s Election Season! Here are the Rabbi360 Endorsements.

Ballots have arrived in our mailboxes so I'm venturing out for the first time with my own (Jewish-informed) endorsement sheet. First off, two things to get out of the way. Number 1: VOTE. Regardless of if you follow my suggestions, just vote. We live in a participatory democracy, which means we must participate. Voting is …

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The Genesis of Creativity

Last week we renewed our annual Torah reading cycle when at Simchat Torah we celebrated reaching the end of Deuteronomy and started again at Genesis. After the news of last week culminating in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, it felt particularly good to have the ability to reset a story, …

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Should Humans Have Been Created? (Yom Kippur Day 5779)

Rather than a full sermon, I decided to engage the congregation in text study on Yom Kippur Day, with some opening and closing remarks: We love this text from Isaiah, and believe he is speaking to us. His emphasis on ethics over ritual, right behavior rather than right performance, this is something we can understand. …

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