Remembering the Holocaust
6 Apr 2021
The week of April 10, 2021, we read the portion of the Torah called “Sh’mini” which begins with Moses instructing Aaron to sacrifice several herd animals in a burnt offering. They do this seeking God’s forgiveness, but the term “burnt offering” has taken on a darker meaning in the 20th century, especially in its Greek translation – “Holocaust”. Read more.
the season of the hamentaschen is nigh!
15 Feb 2021
But what delicious filling should we find inside our cookie’s trifolded dough? Read more.
a new year for mind and body
1 Oct 2020
We are in the season of the most sublime transition in the Jewish festival cycle. We are traveling from the mental to the physical. We have just passed through the introspective self-reflection of Yom Kippur, spending all day fasting and reciting pensive prayers and meditations, only to emerge spiritually transformed. The spiritual journey complete, we now embark upon the strenuous labor of constructing a sukkah. Read more.
Judaism and sheltering in place
using the tools of Judaism to perservere
1 Jun 2020
As the novelty of sheltering in place descends into a distant memory, and even tedium has become tedious, we lament the myriad social gatherings this pandemic has robbed from all of us, including many of our Jewish festivals. Because of this, it is important that we remember Judaism is not just a communal religion, but also has powerful personal rituals. Read more.
connecting to our families during the quarantine
10 May 2020
Unfortunately I never got to know my grandparents as an adult. However, I did end up inheriting from them a dusty box of Judaica. It contained, among other things, a collection of free Passover Haggadot, the kind given away by organizations as a “thank you” to their supporters, dating back to the 1950s. Many are from food companies – coffee, matzah, wine – others are from Jewish and Israeli charities. Read more.
the future of reform judaism
1 Mar 2020
What will a Reform Jewish Friday night Shabbat service look like 30 years from now? How many people will be in the congregation? Where will they be gathering? What will their backgrounds be? What will be the nature of their connection to the Jewish community? How will they wrestle with the contradictory aims to be traditional yet modern? Read more.
the chanukah spirit
4 Dec 2019
I sometimes write articles for my (Reform Jewish) congregation's monthly newsletter. Here's one I wrote to be published this month, all about digging into the roots of Chanukah. Read more.