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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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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Rabbi’s Disaster To Do List: 1...

Dec 20, 2018 by

Southern California’s Woolsey and Hall fires were not the first, and assuredly won’t be the last disasters that synagogues face. But...

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Blackboards in Pittsburgh

Dec 17, 2018 by

For two weeks before Shabbat Chanukah, four black boards with a question at the top and multi-colored chalk in the chalk trays were...

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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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Prayer in the Aftermath of a T...

Feb 21, 2018 by

Our God and God of all people, God of the Rich and God of the poor. God of the teacher and God of the student. God of the families...

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