Category Archives: Reflections

30 Days of Liberation 2017

The Talmud teaches that, during the 30 days before Passover, we should learn about matters related to the holiday. In that spirit, I composed a brief message for each of the previous 30 days, drawing from the wisdom Passover imparts. I hope you find these … Continue reading

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Illumin8 2016

1st Night – Playing with Fire During the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Holy Temple had been used for the worship of Greek gods. When the Maccabees captured it, they set about rededicating it for the service of the God … Continue reading

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Baccalaureate Address for Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Class of 2016

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude for having been invited here this evening. It is such an honor to be with you, to celebrate this extraordinary milestone with you and your families. I want to share a story … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation – 2016

The Talmud teaches that, during the 30 days before Passover, we should learn about matters related to the holiday. In that spirit, I composed a brief message for each of the previous 30 days, drawing from the wisdom Passover imparts. I hope you find these … Continue reading

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The Jewish Case Against Donald Trump

A few months ago, a New Jersey rabbi had a dream of rallying his colleagues in support of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg reportedly built a Facebook page called “Rabbis for Trump,” hoping it would attract like-minded rabbis. … Continue reading

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Israel: The Agitator State – Parashat Devarim 2015

As most of you know, I just returned from nearly three weeks in Israel. The first two weeks were purely vacation, an opportunity to relax, refresh, and spend time with family in close friends in what is, aside from Richmond, … Continue reading

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Blogging my AIPAC Rabbinic Mission – Day 3

As another incredibly intense, challenging day on my AIPAC mission comes to a close, I find myself struggling to meaningfully synthesize what I heard, saw, learned, and wrestled with today. Starting at 6:00 this morning, we spent almost half a … Continue reading

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