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Inauguration Benediction

I was honored to have been invited to deliver the benediction at the Inauguration Ceremonies for Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring at the Virginia State Capitol, January 13, 2018. Below is the text … Continue reading

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Statement about the President’s Islamophobic Tweets

Tuesday morning, President Trump retweeted several outrageous (and, reports indicate, phony) Islamophobic videos from a fringe British ultranationalist group. The outburst represents a continuation of a disturbing pattern. President Trump routinely targets and vilifies Muslims. The pattern seems to intensify … Continue reading

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Where They Are – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5776/2015

What would it look like for synagogues to truly meet people where they are? Lessons from God and Wall Drug. Continue reading

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L’Dor Va-Dor: Making Bar/Bat Mitzvah Meaningful for a New Generation

This winter, the leadership of my dynamic congregation, Temple Beth-El, took the bold step of reconceptualizing everything about Bar/Bat Mitzvah. What follows is a description of what we’re doing differently, and why… Why reconceptualize Bar/Bat Mitzvah? We all know that … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 9 – Our Stories, Ourselves

The essential ritual of the Seder is telling the Exodus story. We don’t only create our stories. In a way, our stories create us. We construct narratives to make sense of our lives, and those stories become the basis for … Continue reading

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Marching Together – 30 Days of Liberation, Day 12

Many of us tend to associate freedom with independence. The Passover story shatters that myth: Moses is dependant on Aaron’s help to lead, and the Israelites wouldn’t have been freed without joining together and marching from Egypt. Liberation is possible … Continue reading

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