“Let’s Go, My People!”–Remarks at the 2019 Women+s March Olympia

I was honored to be invited to deliver remarks as part of the opening program at the Women's March in Olympia on January 19. Here is what I shared: Shabbat shalom! "A Sabbath of peace" is what we say today, but today is going to be a Sabbath of causing ruckus. Thank you, it is …

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The Difficult Work of the Erev Rav

The Israelites finally make their way out of Egypt in this week’s Torah portion of Beshallach. Having been freed by Pharaoh, the people make their way to the shore of the Red Sea. After Pharaoh dispatches his army after the freed slaves, the Israelites cry out to be saved from a seemingly impossible situation. Moses …

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Two Branches, Two Invocations

This morning I had a double honor of attending and participating in two civic ceremonies: the swearing-in of our new Washington State Supreme Court Justices and the opening session of the Washington State Legislature. In the morning, I was invited to share words at the Court, after three Justices, fresh off of their re-election, were …

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The Theological Question is Not “Why” but “What”

This past week we marked the turn of the new Gregorian year. For me, December 31 marks a more auspicious and serious anniversary. On December 31, 2012  I woke up quite ill. I had a bad headache and had nausea, what appeared to be a bad flu. I slept in, but then needed to communicate …

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Yes, Trump is Pharaoh, and Pharaoh, and Pharaoh, and Pharaoh.

To be honest, I have tried to keep my partisan political opinions at bay. While I try to be outspoken on social issues, endorse legislation or ballot initiatives, I have generally been more silent when it comes to partisan politics. But since we are not in an election cycle, and things have gotten to be …

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