Heroic Prayer: Climbing out of...

Apr 27, 2017 by

“Why pray? And what is prayer, to you?” Rabbi Don Goor asked me as I sat in front of the crowd at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem last week. It...

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The Story Behind “Come, Rain” ...

Feb 21, 2017 by

“Come, Rain” is not only a prayer for rain, it’s a metaphor for the blessings of love. Love waters our lives, our hopes, and our...

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A Blessing for Inauguration Sh...

Jan 19, 2017 by

As we enter this Shabbat and are on the cusp of new political leadership we pray for a unifying vision based on the Declaration of...

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A Prayer for Shabbat Tzedek an...

Jan 12, 2017 by

This Sabbath, Jews around the world will complete the reading of the Book of Genesis, hold the Torah high, and pronounce, “Chazak,...

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Prayer Revisited

Aug 26, 2016 by

For years, I led people in prayer. It was always clear to me that prayer operates on three levels—personal, communal, and universal....

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Aspiring to Shabbat: Gates of ...

Jul 22, 2016 by

I think Shabbat is an aspiration. I think Shabbat is also a brilliant, healing, gracious gift from our tradition. But for most modern...

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We All Have Rivers to Cross: L...

Jul 14, 2015 by

This piece is from a summer sermon series at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, exploring Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform...

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Do Not Adjust Your Machzor! It...

May 5, 2015 by

With Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Reform machzor, reaching the public for the first time, it is natural that some of the differences...

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