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 ...

Everyplace

Posted this on Facebook the morning after our President spoke his latest racist remarks: Everyplace is a place where people live, dream, hope, struggle, survive. Everyplace is a place where children are born and nurtured, elders are honored and accompanied, the stricken are comforted, the happy are celebrated. Everyplace is a place of joy and ...

In Support of the Washington Voting Rights Act

A new legislative session, and a new opportunity to give testimony. This week I represented the Jewish Federation and the Faith Action Network in support of the Washington Voting Rights Act at a committee hearing. Text is below, click here for video link. Chair and members of the committee, my name is Rabbi Seth Goldstein ...

Torah tl;dr: “Shemot”

Do not not know. 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.