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Remarks at 2016 Community Eid Dinner

As-Salam-u-Alaikum and Eid Mubarak. Adira joins me in expressing what an honor it is to be with you this evening. I am deeply grateful to the organizers for their generous invitation, for all their holy work on behalf of the … Continue reading

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A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Last Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC should alarm and outrage everyone in our democracy, especially Americans committed to faith traditions rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Court’s majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, struck down limits on individual … Continue reading

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Science and Religion Need Each Other: A Reflection on “Cosmos”

Over the past few weeks, I have been captivated by Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of the documentary television series “Cosmos.” Utilizing gorgeous computer-generated images, stunning camerawork and accessible terminology, Tyson expertly makes big scientific topics like the origin of the … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 27 – Praise the Lord!

Reciting Hallel, a collection of psalms praising God, is one of the Seder’s last acts. Such liturgy begs the question: why does God need our praise? We extol God not for God, but for us. Many of us habitually concentrate … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 19 – Loyal Opposition

The Seder contains two distinct customs: one, representing the view of most ancient rabbis, to eat matzah and marror separately; the other, representing Hillel’s view, to eat them together as a sandwich. This was not a petty dispute; these rabbis … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 6 – Part of this World

Our Passover celebration has to include greens. We might have thought that freedom and becoming God’s beloved would divorce us from creation, elevating us to a unique status. But the God we were liberated to serve is the God of … Continue reading

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23 Daily Devotions from 2013

Almost every day in 2013, I posted a reflection, a piece of wisdom, a passage from the Jewish tradition, or a devotional on my Facebook page. Here are my 23 favorites. Hope you enjoy, and find some meaning in these … Continue reading

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