Category Archive: Other places

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

Ask the Rabbi: Are We Commanded to Vote?

Every Jew has a duty to vote in the democratic elections in one’s nation of citizenship. Jewish law mandates the creation of civil government (Avot 3:2, Avodah Zara 4a) and obliges all who… Continue reading