Mussar for Rabbis: Humility

Jul 1, 2014 by

Beginning a process of תיקון מידות (tikkun middot, repair of one’s soul traits) starts with ענוה (anavah – humility)....

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Marriage Equality: The Long Pa...

May 6, 2014 by

Last night, I went to see a high school production of The Laramie Project—the play that portrays the people of Laramie, Wyoming in...

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Affirming Affirmative Action

Apr 23, 2014 by

When I was a high school student, I had clear-cut ideas about affirmative action: it wasn’t fair. Inspired by that great principle of...

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Parashat Sh’mini, Mindfu...

Mar 21, 2014 by

In Vermont, where I spent the last year living (and where I still spend my time off), there’s a beautiful culture of paying attention...

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Vayikra: The Blessing of a Bla...

Mar 7, 2014 by

I’m a perfectionist. If I could spend weeks writing (and suffering) over each and every sermon, rather than just a few hours (or...

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Taking out the (Sacred?) Trash

Jan 7, 2014 by

Leviticus assigns some very messy duties to the Cohanim, the Priests of otherwise exalted status in the ancient Temple.  Not only is...

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Thank You for Sharing: Going P...

Dec 24, 2013 by

The editors at MyJewishLearning.org posted a question on its website a week ago Monday.  Commenting on an article the death of...

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Learning from the Matter: Our ...

Nov 22, 2013 by

Mine is a strange relation to the tragic 50th anniversary we commemorate today, because I was not alive the day John Kennedy died.  I...

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