Leave God Out Of Your Election Commentary

Roy Moore’s first words after losing his U.S. Senate election in Alabama invoked Psalm 40 for God’s control of the election.  At the same time, my liberal friends and colleagues – who for years lamented… Continue reading

Matt, Mom and Me

I don’t usually give titles to talks, but this week’s Torah portion and what’s happening in our world speak so deeply to me that they called out a title for the words I… Continue reading

How Small Stuff Can Set Big Examples

A funny moment reminded me how anyone’s small behaviors can affect others in big ways. A synagogue invited me and a colleague for a weekend teaching spirituality. As guests invited to explore “spiritual Judaism,”… Continue reading

Israel’s Six Resilience Rules

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Even an over-anxious cad like the Bible’s Jacob can teach a lesson about resilience.  In this week’s Torah portion (Vayishlach), he teaches… Continue reading

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Today’s shrill era in which some vocally try to silence others isn’t new. The only difference is that more of us – at… Continue reading

A Century Since Balfour: Israel and the Trap of Over-Simplifying

It’s a momentous anniversary for Israel and world Jewry. This week marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration (November 2, 1917) conveyed the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Mideast territory under British… Continue reading

The Rush of Resilience: Loving More Than Yourself

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in spiritual life. Meet a 99-year-old gentleman who yesterday circumcised himself and today runs a fever. Age and Infirmity aside, he runs to greet surprise guests… Continue reading

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – the Resilience of Noach

Part of a year-long series about resilience in Jewish life. Picture it.  The world as you know it will end.  You have time to prepare yourself but must bear the derision of disbelievers.… Continue reading

Resilience . . . Cain after Abel

Our High Holy Day theme of “resilience” was so impactful that we’re dedicating this new year of Torah blogs to it. How does each weekly Torah portion reflect Judaism’s enduring resilience and invite… Continue reading

Prayer after the shooting

I loved and grieved from the day you claimed your free will, Knowing that you too would open into infinite love and grief, Knowing how your hearts would bloom with gratitude and hope… Continue reading