So That’s What Rabbis Do: A Ra...

Feb 5, 2019 by

I dialed the phone number, not knowing exactly what I would say. They answered and I started talking: “Hello, my name is Elana...

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Where Grief Resides: New Arena...

Jan 24, 2019 by

When our Temple stood in Jerusalem and was destroyed, the community entered a period of collective grief. In response, the Rabbis...

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Hero or Imposter? As a Rabbi S...

Dec 28, 2018 by

Another week passed, and with it, the ups and downs of caring for a community traumatized by the triple devastations: a synagogue...

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Rabbi’s Disaster To Do List: 1...

Dec 20, 2018 by

Southern California’s Woolsey and Hall fires were not the first, and assuredly won’t be the last disasters that synagogues face. But...

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Blackboards in Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2018 by

For two weeks before Shabbat Chanukah, four black boards with a question at the top and multi-colored chalk in the chalk trays were...

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When the Rabbi Feels Trauma: L...

Dec 3, 2018 by

We jumped into the fire, but many of us feel fortunate like we have come out relatively unscathed. Or at least that’s how it might...

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Hineni

Nov 2, 2018 by

Hineni.   I am here.    Like Abraham of old i stand ready to serve thee Today. Today i am here in Shul. With my friends and neighbors...

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Is It Safe?

Oct 31, 2018 by

“Is it safe?” They asked me. Over and Over. Is it safe at night? Safe for women? For “Whites”? Will you be...

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