Is Capitalism Hurting Synagogue Life?

As I've shared with you, in addition to my regular blog, I blog once a month at the Rabbis Without Borders blog on the My Jewish Learning website. (My slot is usually the first Wednesday of the month). It is an honor to join a chorus of my colleagues in bringing diverse voices, opinions and …

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The “Fake News” and the “News Fake”

I love the Daily Show. And hearing of Jon Stewart's departure is sad, but we know it is not imminent, and he is going out on top. And while I don't watch TV news that much, I respected and enjoyed Brian Williams, who is now on a six month suspension from NBC News. I had …

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Sharing a Playbook? Rabbis and the Seahawks

Well, we know how things turned out last Sunday, don’t we. In a spectacular display of prowess, the Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, winning the championship by a score of 43 to 8. Just like for the NFC championship, I was out of Washington at a conference during the game. …

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FaceBikkur Holim

As our lives become more and more dominated by social media--Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.--much is being discussed about the role of these media vis-à-vis human relationships. Are we becoming more distant from each other? Do we take more liberties and neglect social mores when we are sitting behind a keyboard or the touch screen of …

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