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Remarks at Interfaith Standing Together Press Conference

It is an honor to stand in this sanctuary surrounded by colleagues and friends representing so many brother and sister faith traditions. To my mind, this synagogue is the perfect place for us to stand together against hate and deliver … Continue reading

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From Great to Good: Rosh Hashanah Day 2, 5777

In the 19th Century, British philosopher Thomas Carlyle argued that history is mainly about the accomplishments of great people. Since then, many thinkers have pointed out the flaws in Carlyle’s “Great Men” theory, but, whether intentionally or not, history is … Continue reading

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For the Charleston Nine

Originally delivered at Temple Beth-El, Richmond, Virginia (June 19-20, 2015) As most of you have recognized by now, I typically do not write out my sermons or deliver them from prepared notes. I do that for many reasons, chief among … Continue reading

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The Legal Responsibility of Jewish Hotel Patrons

Over the past few years, I had been trying to pass a teshuvah (Jewish legal opinion) in the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards arguing that Jewish law insists we must not patronize businesses that abuse their workers. The paper … Continue reading

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The Past is not Past

In 2008-2009, Adira and I were living in Israel. That winter, tensions with Hamas in Gaza erupted into war. Here is what I wrote to our family then, on January 4, 2009. I believe I could, more than likely, have written it … Continue reading

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The Second War

The war between Israel and Gaza is, in an important sense, rivaled only by the war of words between Jews who inhabit different points along the ideological spectrum. This second war inevitably erupts when there is turmoil and bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians. The following … Continue reading

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The Spiritual and Moral Challenge of 2014

At the close of 2013, our representatives refused to extend expiring unemployment benefits, cutting 1.3 million people from a crucial source of income. They also proposed major changes to the food stamp program, slashing benefits, adding work requirements, and mandating … Continue reading

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