The time God got it wrong – Korach

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Watch enough cable or online “news,” and you might sense a U.S. society more polarized than ever before by political party, class,… Continue reading

The Soul of Waiting

“Time waits for no one,” quips the adage, but maybe that’s backward. Maybe the soul of healthy waiting is cultivating a healthy sense of timelessness that we don’t try to control. Easier said… Continue reading

Waiting to Exhale

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. “Waiting to Exhale.” No, not the 1995 Whitney Houston movie hit. I mean life’s occasional sense of waiting – waiting with anticipation, waiting… Continue reading

What Counts? – A tribute to Israel

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. I just returned from two weeks in Israel, in the days preceding the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of… Continue reading

There is no “I” in Team

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Here’s a true confession of a self-described “Resilience Rabbi” spending a year writing about resilience: sometimes I don’t feel very resilient. Sometimes… Continue reading

“Say No to Non!” – Let’s Ban the Phrase “Non-Jew”

To all who care about the Jewish community and the Jewish future, let’s ban the phrase “non-Jew.” Let’s never again speak this phrase or even think it. People in spiritual life are too… Continue reading

See Different: Don’t look now, but Passover’s not over.

Actually, scratch that. Please look now – right now – and see this: the point of Passover isn’t the Seder. Yes, Passover’s symbols, stories, foods and traditions can be highlights of the year. For millions, that’s… Continue reading

Resilience After the Seder

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. This year’s Passover seder is history. Cups were filled and drunk and filled and spilled and drunk and filled again. Matzah was… Continue reading

The Koan of Shrunken Silence

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. The teacher of my teachers, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, recounted that one of his children asked him about waking and sleeping. The child asked,… Continue reading

Target the Heart

How should I respond to my congregants who express fear, helplessness, and hopelessness about school lockdowns and assault weapons in the hands of crazy people?” I asked this question after an “active shooter”… Continue reading