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Leaning Into Love: A Jewish Message for Lent/Easter 2020

I was honored to be invited to offer remarks at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Richmond, VA) during the Lenten season. Unfortunately, those plans were…altered…by the pandemic. But my message has been posted on YouTube. You can check it out here:

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What God Needs Now: A Brief Pandemic Passover Reflection

“Once, Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai was traveling out of Jerusalem. Rabbi Yehoshua was walking behind him and saw the Temple in ruins. He said, ‘Alas for us, for this place which lies in ruins was where the people Israel atoned … Continue reading

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A Eulogy for Helen Zimm (z”l)

Today, I had the painful honor of burying my dear friend and teacher, Helen Zimm. The experience was made even more painful by the fact that most of Helen’s family and virtually all of her community were not able to … Continue reading

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Selfies are a Symptom; Judaism has the Disease’s Cure

The Oxford English Dictionary selected the word “selfie” as its “Word of the Year” for 2013. The selfie, a picture that one takes of oneself and uploads to social media, has become our era’s ubiquitous mode of self-expression. Of course, … Continue reading

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From Tisha B’Av to Tu B’Av, discovering the key to redemption

Close to 2,000 years ago, Roman forces destroyed the Jewish Temple, razed Jerusalem, and nearly extinguished all Jewish civilization. The rabbis of the Talmud asserted that this catastrophe, which Jews around the world commemorated last week on Tisha B’Av, happened … Continue reading

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The Power of Love – Rosh Ha-Shanah 2012

As most of you know, last month, Adira and I welcomed our first child into the world. In place of a sermon this morning, I wanted to invite you to listen in on a letter I wrote to my daughter. … Continue reading

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Becoming God’s Love – Parashat Bo 2012

Since this summer, I have been teaching a short class each Wednesday morning on the Tomer Devorah, the Palm Tree of Deborah.  The Tomer Devorah, which was written by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, a medieval Sephardic mystic, is about the notion … Continue reading

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