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I am a Rabbi, serving the Jewish community of Olympia, Washington and the surrounding area.

Community Before Self

A late post this week as I have been distracted, as we all have been, by the events in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman last week killed 17 people in a high school. And while this is not the first time this has happened, this one has hit me particularly hard for a variety of ...

Torah tl;dr: “Terumah”

We all contribute. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast here: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teachings on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

Torah tl;dr: “Mishpatim”

Judge the Internal. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast here: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teachings on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

Torah tl;dr: “Yitro”

We Can't Always See What's Not Working. New episode of my podcast is here: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teachings on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

Trees and Sacred Taxes: Vote “Yes” on The Home Fund

Tu Bishvat teaches that taxes are holy. Tu Bishvat, which we just celebrated this week, is the Jewish new year of the trees, and opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge our interdependence with the natural world, and with trees specifically. It is generally observed through a seder, a ritual meal which—like the Passover seder—is marked by ...

Torah tl;dr: “Bo” and “Beshallach”

Be Visionary and Strategic. This week two portions, two minutes. I was out of town last week so didn't make an episode, so doubled up today. Listen here:

The Fear of Freedom

I did not write last week because I took a trip out of town for a few days to Los Angeles. What brought me to LA (though I did tag on a few days of family vacation) was a two-day immersive learning experience at Beit T’shuvah, a Jewish residential treatment center for addiction that also ...

Torah tl;dr: “Vaera”

Don't Retreat to the Comfortable. A few days late...but here it is, the latest episode of my podcast: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teachings on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

“And We Win”: A D’var Torah and Invocation for MLK Day

This year I was honored to be invited to give the invocation and benediction at the annual Martin Luther King Day banquet held at the South Puget Sound Community College. It was an inspiring evening, honoring the life of Dr. King by invoking his legacy, by honoring local educators and awarding scholarships, and hearing from ...