Swinging Across the Jordan

I didn’t post last week because I was away at summer camp. Each summer for the past few years I have spent a week as a faculty member at URJ Camp Kalsman, a Jewish summer camp in Arlington, WA. I spend my week leading services, tutoring for b’nai mitzvah, teaching Torah, hosting a reception for the counselors and overall spending time with campers (some from my congregation) and staff. It is also a bit of a retreat week for meRead more

Torah tl;dr–Matot/Masei

The newest episode of my podcast, reflection on the double portion Matot/Masei. Listen here: Silence equals consent. If you want to read the whole portion, find it here. Torah tl;dr: Wisdom in 60 seconds. Short lessons on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.  Read more

Build It All

On the Jewish calendar, we are in a period known as the “three weeks.” It is a three week (!) period that stretches from the 17 of Tammuz (July 24) to the 9th of Av (August 14) that commemorates and memorializes the destruction of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. The three weeks are a period of liturgical mourning culminating in the 9th of Av, which is a fast day. While we are far removed from the Temple, and its systemRead more

On Turning 43

A run of illness in our home this past week–including myself–prohibited me from writing a regular, on-time column this week, and I apologize. But here are some short words, and a poem, a little late. I was sick earlier this week on my 43rd birthday. The plans I had for that day–lunch with my wife, a blood donation (which I always like to schedule to give on my birthday), and a picnic with my family–had to go out the windowRead more