Now That We Have Criticized Joel Osteen, We Must Do These Three Things

This piece originally appeared on the Rabbis Without Borders blog, a follow-up to my previous piece following Hurricane Harvey: Much has happened since Hurricane Harvey reached landfall and devastated Houston. President Trump rescinded DACA, another hurricane has hit Caribbean Islands and threatens Florida, and here in the Northwest forest fires are decimating the beloved Columbia ...

What the Criticism of Joel Osteen Says About Us

This post originally appeared on the Rabbis Without Borders blog on My Jewish Learning, you can read the original posting here. It's subsequent posting to Facebook garnered a lot of conversation, which I always hope to spark through my writing. We are all transfixed and devastated by the images coming out of Houston. The tremendous level ...

The Eclipse, Elul and Envisioning a Better Future

It was quite an auspicious week as Monday a total solar eclipse made its way across the US, the first since 1979. Many piled in cars to make their way to the path of totality a state south in Oregon, others made plans to locally watch the partial eclipse. All with the proper warnings and ...

Torah tl’dr: “Re’eh”

Take the long view. Listen to the lastest episode of my podcast here: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teaching on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

“To Bigotry, No Sanction:” Remarks after Charlottesville

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, in which white supremacists staged a rally filled with hate, replete with racist and anti-Semitic symbols and chants, a rally that turned violent and resulted in the death of a counter-demonstrator, I joined with other clergy to hold a vigil outside Olympia City Hall. Here are the ...

Torah tl;dr: “Ekev”

I took a short summer hiatus from the podcast, and now I'm back. Listen to the latest episode below. You Didn't Do It On Your Own. 60 Seconds to Wisdom. Short Teachings on the Weekly Torah Portion. Suitable for All Who Seek.

This Rabbi Supports the Raising of the Palestinian Flag at Camp Solomon Schechter (And Condemns the Hate That Followed)

Our local Camp Solomon Schechter made news this week when, it raised the Palestinian flag alongside the Israeli flag. The camp was hosting a group from Kids4Peace, an organization that brings together Jewish, Muslim and Christian, Israeli and Palestinian youth to build relationships through a variety of activities, including summer camp. From their website: “Founded ...

Torah tl;dr: “Pinchas”

Check your negativity. New podcast episode is up: 60 SECONDS TO WISDOM. Short teachings on the weekly Torah portion. Suitable for all who seek.

For Our Star (A Prayer of Rededication)

When we moved into our new synagogue building in 2004, Temple Beth Hatfiloh said a bittersweet goodbye to our original building, built and dedicated in 1938. We sold that building to support our future plans, but with one condition: should the building ever be demolished or remodeled, we would retain the rights to the stained ...