Save our Sacred Salmon

I was honored to speak at a gathering and demonstration to pressure Washington State leadership to remove the dams on the lower Snake River, thus freeing salmon runs and promoting a better relationship with our land. These are the words I shared. Shabbat Shalom. Thank you, it is an honor to be here today to …

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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 …

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Some Reflections After Colleyville

https://www.tiktok.com/@rabbi_360/video/7054673141796228357?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id6959586378247194117 On my first day back at the syangogue after Colleyville, I (what else) made a TikTok video. Here it is, with a transcript: Hi friends. So it’s my first day back in the synagogue after the events at Congregation Beth Israel in Texas and I just wanted to come up to the sanctuary and …

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A Prayer for Protection

I wrote the first part of this prayer on Saturday as the events at Congregational Beth Israel in Colleyville were still playing out, and I shared it on TikTok, Facebook and at a congregational gathering that evening. I returned to it after and worked on it a little more, and offer it as a general …

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Gee 2021, Krup You!

In Jewish tradition we are taught that there are four "new years." Two are familiar to us: Rosh Hashana, our calendar new year and a time of introspection and atonement, and Tu Bishvat, the new year of the trees, which we now observe as a celebration of our environment. The Talmud also teaches that there …

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To Be Strong, Take Care of Yourself

There is a custom that, upon finishing a book of the Torah as part of the weekly reading cycle, the community says "hazak, hazak, ve'nithazek!" "Be strong, be strong, may we all be strengthened!" We have the opportunity to practice this this Shabbat, as we finish reading the Book of Genesis. In this week's Torah …

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Wrestling with our Vulnerability

Jacob in our Torah is known for his spiritual experiences. Earlier in his life, we are told, he had a vision of angels ascending and descending a ladder, and receives a blessing from God. In this week's Torah portion, we find him wrestling with an angel, leaving that encounter with a limp, a new name, …

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Rung by Rung

The famous story of Jacob's ladder is found in this week's Torah portion. Our spiritual ancestor Jacob is on his way to Haran from his home in Beer-Sheba when he stops to sleep for the night. The text reads: He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had …

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