Moods and Music: King Shaul an...

Sep 10, 2019 by

“Now the spirit of the Lord departed from Shaul and a רוח רעה ru’ach ra’ah, an evil spirit from the Lord began to terrify him.” What...

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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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Psalm 27:4 In God’s [Not...

Aug 8, 2019 by

I wrote the draft of what would come to be a Reflection for Focus in my book, Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27, “In God’s...

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Esa Einai: I Lift My Eyes

Aug 6, 2019 by

We must carry the pain of this world, feel its weight, its sadness, and its burden.We live as one humanity, in one world, one...

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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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Mourning My (Unknown) Child

Apr 8, 2019 by

It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Holding my wife’s hand in the ultrasound room, we heard that rapid thump thump thump...

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So That’s What Rabbis Do: A Ra...

Feb 5, 2019 by

I dialed the phone number, not knowing exactly what I would say. They answered and I started talking: “Hello, my name is Elana...

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Where Grief Resides: New Arena...

Jan 24, 2019 by

When our Temple stood in Jerusalem and was destroyed, the community entered a period of collective grief. In response, the Rabbis...

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