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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Why I Wear a Yarmulke

Dec 13, 2016 by

While I was riding the subway home from school yesterday, six very large white men stepped onto the subway together. There was no act...

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Reflections on 50 Years in the...

Dec 12, 2016 by

Because my classmates and are celebrating our 50th year in the rabbinate, it’s not at all surprising that I find myself in a...

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Post-Election Reflection

Dec 8, 2016 by

I’ve had a few weeks to reflect since our post-election call; I imagine you all have.  I have experienced a heightened awareness of...

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