Deeds, Not Fasting

Oct 2, 2019 by

In Talmudic times of trouble, tractate Taanit tells how the Jewish community needs to move forward: The elder among them says words...

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The Poor Bread

Apr 18, 2019 by

From The Passover Haggadah: This is the poor bread that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Anyone who are oppressed shall come...

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It’s Not the Apocalypse

Sep 4, 2018 by

Many people are speaking like it’s the end of days. We know these people.  Sometimes, we are these people.  The way our world is...

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Bnei Belial—The Children of No...

Sep 19, 2017 by

Hannah, heroine of our Haftarah for Rosh HaShanah, has continuously challenged communal assumptions.  For me, her plea not to be...

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Our Real Security Tonight is B...

Apr 5, 2017 by

All rabbis have humbling moments when the words that spontaneously emerge from our mouths wind up being far more impactful than those...

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How Can We Sleep?

Oct 6, 2016 by

It was my grandmother who asked me, “Why do rabbis always talk about Jonah on Yom Kippur? Can’t they think of some other subject?” ...

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Promises of Liberation

Apr 20, 2016 by

This week is framed by the unfulfilled promises of liberation. On April 16, we celebrated Emancipation Day, which marks the...

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Being but a Cog in the Work to...

Aug 6, 2015 by

On August 1, 2015, I was lucky enough to pronounce the final benediction at a ceremony beginning the NAACP‘s 45-day American Journey...

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