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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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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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Blogging my AIPAC Rabbinic Mission – Day 1

As I write this note, I am sitting in a beautiful and bustling section of downtown Jerusalem, surrounded by the grandeur of the ancient city and the dynamism of the modern city’s nightlife. A soft wind swirls around me, cutting … Continue reading

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Converting to Judaism Doesn’t Have to be So Hard

Jewish communities around the world celebrated the festival of Shavuot over the weekend, commemorating the Jewish people receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. During this holiday, it is customary to chant from the biblical Book of Ruth, at least in … Continue reading

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Getting Over Intermarriage

Is it just me, or do the conversations surrounding intermarriage feel more than a little unhelpful? Can a Jew marry someone from a different background? Should Jewish clergy officiate at such weddings? For decades, these questions have represented the totality … Continue reading

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And his name in Israel shall be called…

Today, I had the joy and honor of bringing my new son into the covenant of the Jewish people and bestowing upon him his name. More thoughts to come on the experience of circumcising my son – I actually performed the … Continue reading

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Installation Address

On Saturday, October 25th, I was formally installed as the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Virginia, becoming only the 6th person in the Temple’s 83 year history to hold that office. Below are the remarks I shared during the service: … Continue reading

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