July 27, 2016

A core characteristic of a true leader is knowing when to pass the baton. This week, I explore how parshat pinchas speaks to the passing of the baton from the runners up to the Presidential nominees.

July 19, 2016

When I meet with a person who wants to convert to Judaism or a couple engaged to be married one of the things we discuss is who will accept their conversion or marriage if I serve as their rabbi. As a liberal American rabbi, there are many who will question my ordinati...

July 13, 2016

I was inspired when I read about the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. As a musician myself I immediately began reaching out to fellow musicians and leaders in my faith community. Could we bring people together, raise our voices in song, and drown out the sco...

July 11, 2016

American Jewish communities face an ongoing struggle to engage volunteers. From federations and other communal organizations to day schools and synagogues, lay and professional leaders are always striving to create more meaningful opportunities for members and friends...

July 8, 2016

What is our fascination with these milestones? Every time another tragedy occurs we memorialize it as a milestone in our nation’s history.

July 6, 2016

We aren't as holy as we think we are. 

July 5, 2016

Korach said to Moses, “all the community are holy, all of them, and HASHEM is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the LORD’s congregation?” (Numbers 16:3). Moses’ response is to fall on his face and declare that God will show them who is holy and who...

July 3, 2016

A while back I wrote that I will have big plans to announce for my future. It is finally time to share those plans. Before I do, just a moment of reflection.

Throughout my career as a rabbi I’ve been both inside and out. I’ve been inside the organized Jewish community b...

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