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6 Years as a Rabbi: What I’ve Learned

A few weeks ago, I completed my sixth year as a rabbi. As I look ahead to the next stage of my professional life, I find myself reflecting on the wisdom I’ve gained on my journey so far. Much like I did when … Continue reading

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Do You control Your Monuments, or Do They Control You? – Shavuot 2017

Recently, the City of New Orleans removed its Confederate monuments, prompting both celebrations and protests. The actions and their aftermath reverberated across the country and, not surprisingly, into Virginia. Protests and counter-protests erupted – violently – in Charlottesville a couple … 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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What’s the Point of Observing Judaism?

Reprinted from Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/what-s-the-point-of-observing-judaism-1.395908 It is no secret that we are living in a new age: an age of openness to new ideas, fluidity of borders, unparalleled access to information, multicultural communities, and easy, speedy connectivity. Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-president of a … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home

There is no place like home. Being at home is a special feeling – like the easy comfort of a well worn sneaker, the waggy-tailed welcome of your family cocker-spaniel, or the stomach-coating warmth of home-made macaroni and cheese.  Similarly, … Continue reading

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