Eulogy for Rabbi Aaron David P...

May 10, 2018 by

I had been meaning to ask Aaron a Talmud question this week. I liked asking Aaron Talmud questions, usually when I was preparing to...

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#ThisIsWhatARabbiLooksLike

Mar 21, 2018 by

What does a rabbi look like? Do you envision the rabbi of your childhood when you picture a rabbi? Is it an iteration of Tevye, the...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and th...

Mar 6, 2018 by

The night before his death on April 4, 1968 an exhausted Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Masonic Temple in Memphis. The night...

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Watching Adulthood Emerge on C...

Feb 1, 2018 by

Back in the day, thirteen-year-old Jewish boys and girls became adults. Their parents were invited to recite the blessing: Baruch...

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To New Beginnings and a New Ye...

Jan 2, 2018 by

New Year’s Eve has never been that big of a deal for me. However, it was maybe the least exciting “non-celebration,” that was...

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A Prayer of Gratitude from URJ...

Dec 14, 2017 by

Take a moment to be fully grateful for just one thing in your life. That little pause may be enough to change your outlook and your...

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After Charlottesville

Aug 15, 2017 by

On August 21, 1790, George Washington wrote to the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island: “…the Government of the...

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On anti-Semitism

Jul 18, 2017 by

Once, when I was about 22 years old and living in San Francisco, I was at an evening meeting of volunteers who were coming together...

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