March 5, 2018

When Aaron, the High Priest's, two children, Nadav and Avihu, die - Aaron's response, as recorded in the Torah, is "Vayidom Aharon" - and Aaron fell silent. That's how I have felt over the past few weeks. I'm usually one of the first to post in reaction to tragedies or...

February 5, 2018

Inspired by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

All too often, we think about connection with the sacred — with the holy, with God — as being about warm, fuzzy feelings. Those profound moments in prayer and meditation when something feels like it’s opening up, even just a little.  A...

January 29, 2018

We all watched the government grind to a halt last weekend as Democrats and Republicans refused to budge on their respective positions. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it was frustrating, at best, to watch mature adults refuse to budge and hurl...

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...

February 17, 2017

First Commandment (Exodus 20:2): I am the Lord Your God who has brought you out of the land of Egypt

In an amazing press conference on February 16, 2017, Donald Trump proclaimed, "I inherited a mess, it's a mess at home and abroad. A mess. Jobs are pouring out of the co...

February 2, 2017

Memory is a powerful thing. When we remember important moments in our lives those memories guide how we behave in the future. This week, Rabbi David explores the memory of the Exodus and what it might teach us about the current nomination of Neil Gorsuch.

January 26, 2017

It is too easy for a little lie to become an alternative fact. This week's parsha reminds us of the dangers of creating alternative realities.

January 19, 2017

"A new king arose over Egypt who didn't know Joseph." (Exodus 1:8) This week Rabbi David asks who you know - really know and how knowing people may be the key to tremendous challenges in our world.

January 12, 2017

It is easy to lose sight of what is most important especially when there is so much to distract us. This week, Rabbi David explores a key phrase from parshat Sh'mot and a teaching from Rabbi Chaim Moshe Luzzato to teach us about the importance of staying focused.

December 8, 2016

This week’s parsha, Vayeitzei, begins with Jacob on a journey, having left home abruptly after stealing his brother's birthright. In transit, he stops for the night, taking a stone for his pillow. At this moment of vulnerability, he has a powerful dream-vision of angel...

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