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“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How A Communal Celebration Reminds Us of the Dangers of Loneliness

This post originally appeared on the Rabbis Without Borders blog. You can read the original here. One of the fastest growing epidemics to affect our individual emotional and physical health is loneliness. Much has been written about loneliness recently, and especially how it can have deleterious effects on our health similar to smoking and even ...

For Sukkot: Humor and Resilience

I had the honor and the pleasure to be a guest on a new podcast, Hashivenu, produced and hosted by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. The theme of the podcast is Jewish approaches to resilience, and I was invited to speak about humor (!) and its role in human resilience. ...

Anti-Semitism and Answering the Call for Justice (Yom Kippur Day 5778)

Less a "sermon" than an extended kavannah before the haftarah, this is what I offered on Yom Kippur Day In a moment we will read the haftarah, Isaiah’s famous call for justice, for social justice. As we gather this afternoon to read these words, I am mindful that in the other Washington, a major march ...

Have Courage (Kol Nidre 5778)

My favorite part of the Torah is the end. It’s a tender and sweet moment. Moses dies, God buries Moses in a place that is unknown to anyone else. The Torah says some nice words about Moses, how he was unlike any other prophet that the Israelites has known—our liberator, our lawgiver, our defender, our ...