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Wearing a face mask? You’re doing a mitzvah. Make a brachah!

Among the Jewish tradition’s most cherished values is the sanctity of human life. With a few notable exceptions, one must not endanger their life in order to fulfill a religious obligation. And one must violate even the most significant commandments … Continue reading

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Why I Circumcised My Own Son

I recently had the incredible joy of ushering my new son into the covenant of the Jewish people through the rite of brit milah. According to Jewish law, a Jewish father must circumcise his son at eight days old. Most fathers, … Continue reading

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And his name in Israel shall be called…

Today, I had the joy and honor of bringing my new son into the covenant of the Jewish people and bestowing upon him his name. More thoughts to come on the experience of circumcising my son – I actually performed the … Continue reading

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Installation Address

On Saturday, October 25th, I was formally installed as the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Virginia, becoming only the 6th person in the Temple’s 83 year history to hold that office. Below are the remarks I shared during the service: … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 25 – Thank God

After we eat the Seder meal and the Afikoman, we thank God for our food. Many of us are much more focused on what we want than on what we are thankful for, usually because some anxiety or imagined inner … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 13 – The Breadwinner

The blessing over bread, the Seder’s next step, claims that God “takes bread out of the earth.” Strange. Bread doesn’t come from the ground, and humans are the ones who do the “taking,” really an intricate process involving harvesting, milling, … Continue reading

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