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

Jacob and Laban: How Not to Do Healthcare

This week I wrote the "Torah from T'ruah"--a reflection on the weekly Torah portion for T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. T'ruah is an organization that is doing important social justice work, and I am proud to be counted among their chaverim (partners) Click here to read the post on their website. A few ...

Torah tl;dr: “Toldot”

Dig the well. The latest episode of my podcast is here: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teachings on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

“Carpooling with Rabbi” is #TrendingJewish

"Carpooling with Rabbi," the webseries I created with my former co-worker and friend Kirsten, was featured on a new podcast called #TrendingJewish, produced by my alma mater, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. It's a great podcast in general, and in our episode, we go behind the scenes about how and why we make our videos! Check ...

Torah tl;dr: “Vayera”

Follow the lead. 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.

Listening to the Hagars of Today: On Sanctuary and Immigration

Our sacred texts are filled with disturbing narratives, and this week is no different. We revisit the story of Hagar this Shabbat as we read parashat Vayera in the book of Genesis. It is a familiar story to us as we just read it a month ago as part of the High Holidays. Our ancient ...

Torah tl;dr: “Lech Lecha”

Take the detour. You can listen to the latest episode of my podcast here (a few days later after Shabbat): 60 Seconds to Wisdom. Short Teachings on the Weekly Torah Portion. Suitable for All who Seek.

As We Continue Our Journey, We Note What We Leave Behind

Earlier this week I had the honor of giving the d'var Torah at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, a body on which I hold an ex officio seat as President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. This is what I shared: Thank you. I am honored to ...

Torah tl;dr: “Noah”

Never say never. 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.

Connecting at the Roots

Two years ago when I was on a trip to Israel and Palestine with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs Interfaith Partners for Peace program, our bus one day pulled up to the edge of the field in the West Bank, near the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements. We got out of the bus, walked ...