CCAR 2017 Convention: “We Need...

Mar 20, 2017 by

There’s a saying attributed to Rabbi Elliot Kleinman that the weather at convention is always “72 and fluorescent” (I’d say it’s...

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Breathe In, Breathe Out: A Med...

Feb 7, 2017 by

Tell me, have you walked among the trees recently? I will never forget the quality of the silence in the redwood forest we used to...

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Funny, You Don’t Look Li...

Jan 27, 2017 by

How many times have I been told, “Funny, you don’t look like a rabbi!” Thirty-six years ago, when I was working as a hospital...

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The Torah is Political – Rabbi...

Jan 20, 2017 by

Given the contentious nature of public debate in this election year and in light of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s...

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American Values Religious Voic...

Jan 20, 2017 by

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, I walked into class at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York disoriented...

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Reflections from Rabbi Ferenc ...

Jan 4, 2017 by

It has been my destiny to always serve congregations in cities and towns that start with the letter “B”:  Budapest, Hungary;...

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The Mistaken Equivalency of An...

Dec 15, 2016 by

Earlier this year I had occasion to speak at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa. The subject was my motivation and experience...

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Let The Optimism In You Die Ha...

Dec 14, 2016 by

I‘m an optimist. I resist the “half-empty” glass. I look for the best in others. At times, I suffer the consequences, but seeing the...

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