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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Renewing Our Spiritual Infrast...

Jan 6, 2015 by

In May 1999, about 15 ½ years ago, the Conference passed its Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism, the Pittsburgh Principles,...

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Bringing Mishkan T’Filah...

Dec 11, 2014 by

About three years ago, when we started working on creating Mishkan T’Filah for Youth, I casually mentioned to my students that I was...

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“Rabbi, How Can I Pray if I Do...

Nov 5, 2014 by

Many of us find it difficult to think of the world as having any kind of metaphysical aspect to it at all. But if that’s the case,...

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