The Spirituality of Volcanoes

This posting was originally posed on the Rabbis Without Borders blog on My Jewish Learning. You can read the original here. While perhaps we are more familiar with the destructive nature of earthquakes and hurricanes and tornados, since they occur more frequently and make the national news more often, I have come to understand the …

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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 …

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Don’t Just Mark the Jewish Holidays, Mark the Jewish Intervals

This post originally ran on the Rabbis Without Borders blog. You can read the original here. The Jewish calendar is a bit interesting since we also live on Gregorian time. The fact that it is a lunar-based calendar means that every year the Hebrew dates shift vis-a-vis the “regular calendar” so that certain holidays, while …

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For Passover and the Exodus, think Rivers not Seas

This column first appeared in the Rabbis Without Borders blog on My Jewish Learning. You can read the original post here. It’s spring break in our school district, so we are taking a road trip. We left our home in Olympia on the Puget Sound and drove to Boise, ID, where we have family. We …

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Make Your Voice Heard

Once again I had the opportunity to contribute to the Rabbis Without Borders blog on the My Jewish Learning website. I wrote on raising up our voices, keeping the flames burning and drawing strength from one another. And specifically too an initiative at my congregation to engage more in political advocacy. You can read the original …

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The One Thing We Need to Stop Saying to our Kids at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah

It was my turn again on the Rabbis Without Borders blog on My Jewish Learning. I've been thinking a lot about bar/bat mitzvah recently, about what it means to kids and families and how I as a rabbi am responsible in part for crafting an experience that helps make meaning. The performative aspect is one …

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Why Tim Kaine is Good for the Jews (and It’s Not Because of Israel)

It's convention season, so I'm glued to the TV as are many of my fellow citizens. After Hillary Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, I penned this blog post for my weekly turn on the Rabbis Without Borders blog: Why Tim Kaine is Good for the Jews (and It's Not Because …

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Funding Innovation is Nice. Now Let’s Redistribute Wealth.

My latest on the Rabbis Without Borders blog, in which I address issues of inequality within the Jewish community, not among Jews, but among Jewish institutions. Differing access to resources can result in what Jews have access to. Can't we make it so everyone benefits from what the Jewish community has to offer? Funding Innovation …

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