June 30, 2016

A bat mitzvah, two surgeries, three hospital stays, no more diet coke, 65 pounds, too much press, one move and another coming up, and a new job. What a year it's been.

I had heard about midlife crises but didn't think I would have one nor did I think it would come in my...

June 28, 2016

How often have you made life choices that bring you closer to yourself? In the Torah portion Sh'lach L'cha, God tells Moses to send spies ahead to scout out the land of Canaan. Rather than just say "send spies" God adds the word "l'cha" which can mean "to you," "for yo...

June 27, 2016

In my recent job search I have encountered so much fear. Fear that I will be too outspoken; fear that I won't be able to please everyone; fear of my abilities and capacities - that I'm overqualified for certain positions. Even before my search began I sensed almost par...

June 24, 2016

Most people don't have an issue acting with respect and dignity on the bimah. It is understood that this is a holy space and it demands we be on our best behavior. On the bimah, everyone is greeted, acknowledged and honored. Joyous occasions are celebrated, candy is th...

June 22, 2016

A rabbi’s or cantor’s job description differs depending on whether he or she serves a congregation, Hillel, educational institution, Jewish communal organization the military or hospital. In all of these roles though, there are some tasks and responsibilities that all...

June 22, 2016

As a rabbi, one of the most powerful tools I have is my voice. For reasons I, to this day, don't fully understand, many people are willing to listen to me drone on and on in divrei Torah on Shabbat, bulletin articles, adult education classes, public forums and online....

June 20, 2016

I can remember vividly the debates in the Jewish community about how many days children had to attend Hebrew School each week.  In the Boston area where I served as rabbi, it was heated.  Those in favor of two days a week argued that kids these days are over programed...

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