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

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...

May 18, 2016

(With thanks to Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Big Tent Judaism for their inspiration and leadership in opening and broadening our tent.)


American Jews have built majestic cathedrals. And we have had good reason to do so. It's not just that we wanted to emulate the beautiful...

May 16, 2016

When we first got our dog, we put up a small fenced-in area in our backyard where she could run and play. It kept her from running away, kept her safe and kept other furry friends out. She was happy but I could see she wanted more. After all, there was a whole world ou...

May 7, 2016

For Jews, freedom isn't about doing whatever you want. Freedom is choosing who and what to serve.


April 19, 2016

It’s just a few days before Passover.  I’ve turned my kitchen over, unpacked all of my Passover kitchen goods and labeled the cabinets, which I will have to ignore for the eight days of the festival.  Everything seems in order; everything except one thing.


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