Canceling In-Person URJ Reform...

Apr 30, 2020 by

When news broke that the Union for Reform Judaism made the most difficult, scientifically-based, values-based decision not to hold...

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Prayer for Rising Waters: Gett...

Mar 31, 2020 by

We, who strive to illuminate for others the blessings that surround us, seek guidance for our ancient teachers. The Torah is replete...

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A First Funeral During the COV...

Mar 25, 2020 by

To my colleagues and community, I officiated at the funeral of a wonderful man who, while fighting cancer, was felled by COVID-19....

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I Never Knew

Aug 12, 2019 by

I never knew. I never knew what this felt like. I really never knew. 27 years as a rabbi, caring for others and yet,I...

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Rabbi in Crisis: How a Communi...

Apr 8, 2019 by

Imagine having to make this decision: to fly home to hold your wife’s hand as she buries her mom on the West Coast or to remain on...

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Hero or Imposter? As a Rabbi S...

Dec 28, 2018 by

Another week passed, and with it, the ups and downs of caring for a community traumatized by the triple devastations: a synagogue...

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When the Rabbi Feels Trauma: L...

Dec 3, 2018 by

We jumped into the fire, but many of us feel fortunate like we have come out relatively unscathed. Or at least that’s how it might...

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#lovetriumphs

Nov 12, 2018 by

As the fires still raged, I took a break to marry Lindsey Cooper and Laura Berman down on the Santa Monica beach (leaving our Fire...

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