December 25, 2017

Over the past few months I've learned some important lessons as we've gathered to share Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Each time we've met, our hosts have invited their own friends to join us. The power of these celebrations has been in small groups of friends gathe...

December 18, 2017

When the results of the senatorial election in Alabama came in on this past Tuesday night, many Jews posted celebrations of "a great miracle happened there" (in Alabama) on social media. Indeed it seemed miraculous to many that a democrat (and a progressive one at that...

December 11, 2017

"And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him so that they could not speak a friendly word to him." (Genesis 37:4) This past Shabbat we read from parshat Vayeshev the cause of the strife amongst Jacob's sons. To Jo...

December 6, 2017

Just a few moments ago, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and is beginning the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump was careful to note that this move does not, in any way, indicate America's p...

December 4, 2017

Lately I've been teaching a series of classes to both adults and children called Facts vs. Truth. (I'll be offering this class again as a part of OHEL after the first of the year.) The class has struggled with the question of whether or not it matters if the Torah is n...

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