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Statement about the President’s Islamophobic Tweets

Tuesday morning, President Trump retweeted several outrageous (and, reports indicate, phony) Islamophobic videos from a fringe British ultranationalist group. The outburst represents a continuation of a disturbing pattern. President Trump routinely targets and vilifies Muslims. The pattern seems to intensify … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation – 2016

The Talmud teaches that, during the 30 days before Passover, we should learn about matters related to the holiday. In that spirit, I composed a brief message for each of the previous 30 days, drawing from the wisdom Passover imparts. I hope you find these … Continue reading

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The Jewish Case Against Donald Trump

A few months ago, a New Jersey rabbi had a dream of rallying his colleagues in support of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg reportedly built a Facebook page called “Rabbis for Trump,” hoping it would attract like-minded rabbis. … Continue reading

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Mastering the Service of the Heart – Kol Nidrei 5776/2015

At its heart, Yom Kippur is about forgiveness, about each of us having an opportunity to enter into the new year with a clean slate, absolved of our past transgressions. Forgiveness, however, requires confession. In order to be freed of … 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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30 Days of Liberation: Day 14 – God’s Property

The Seder meal, like all Jewish meals, must begin with a blessing over the food. The Jewish tradition has us bless before we eat because it holds the world belongs to God, not humans. The blessing secures permission to take … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 13 – The Breadwinner

The blessing over bread, the Seder’s next step, claims that God “takes bread out of the earth.” Strange. Bread doesn’t come from the ground, and humans are the ones who do the “taking,” really an intricate process involving harvesting, milling, … Continue reading

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