Category Archive: Other places

Jewish Ethics Demands Independent Path Forward

Jewish clergy, seminaries, day schools and other nonprofits must not govern their own ethics systems. Most lack sufficient expertise and independence to earn and keep public trust in their capacity to self-regulate. This… Continue reading

Genesis (En)Gendered: An Angelic View from Eden’s Way 

This momentous #metoo #ibelieveyou moment urges us to see old stories with new eyes. Reading sacred texts with ever renewing eyes is one of many ways that theology teaches us how to see and think – to… Continue reading

Connecting to the Tree of Life

By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus Originally published as part of the Auburn Voices series at Auburn Seminary. Tu b’Shevat, the “New Year of the Trees,” is coming at the next full… 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

Passing the Flame Forward: A Letter from Rachel and David

In early 2015 it was announced that we would serve as the next co-chairs of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  Today we announce that we are stepping down. Our term will end in… Continue reading

Shabbat, renewal, and you

A d’var Torah offered at Congregation Bet Ha’Am in Portland, Maine. Offered aloud by Rabbi Rachel; jointly written by R’ Rachel and R’ David. Welcome home. Why am I welcoming you home when you… Continue reading

The value of acknowledging misperceptions

Here’s a true story about false impressions – and the wisdom (and holy risk) of voicing them aloud. In my day job, I preside in hundreds of judicial proceedings. I take seriously a judge’s… Continue reading

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

DVAR TORAH Pardes Hannah Ann Arbor, Michigan November 12, 2016 Shabbat shalom.  Rabbi Rachel and I are delighted to be with you as visiting family from ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  I’ve wanted… Continue reading

Vote Your Privilege

Odds are that you’re a U.S. citizen with many privileges, including the privilege to vote. (And if you’re Jewish, your privilege to vote also is a mandate to vote: under Jewish law, you have… Continue reading

Joy Like Our Lives Depend on It

Dvar Torah Sukkot Shabbat Congregation Kol Haneshamah Sarasota, FL October 20, 2016 Shabbat Shalom and moadim l’simcha!  I hope your Sukkot has brought joy for this season of joy.  It’s a joy for… Continue reading