What’s in a Name?

  Odds are good that you know your names. You received one or more names at birth, and maybe you changed name at marriage, divorce or another formative moment. Maybe you also have… 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

Spiritual Hangover: Coming Down From the Mountain

Here’s a one-question pop quiz, and everyone gets an “A.” Now that this year’s Jewish High Holy Days are done, which of the following four statements most accurately describes how you feel?    a. Huh?… 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

The Big Lie – Yom Kippur 5777

The title of my talk is “The Big Lie.” And even though it’s Yom Kippur, the holiest day of our spiritual year, I’ll start with a whopper. Before Erev Rosh Hashanah, I read… Continue reading

Balancing the Scales

Amidst hopes for a good and sweet new year, this week’s Torah portion (Ha’azinu) between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur brings the swan song of Moses as he prepares to die. It’s no… Continue reading

Erev Rosh Hashanah 2016/5777 – The Renewal of Hope

Shanah tovah!  Welcome to this New Year 5777 that we hope will be full of sweet goodness and opportunity for everyone. Tonight we join together to renew a journey that is timeless.  It’s a… Continue reading

Just Do It: A High Holy Day Call to Action

As High Holy Day tides approach and soon over-wash with their poignant waters of joy, awe, solemnity and introspection, it’s tempting to imagine that this season is only for emotional and spiritual internals. This season of teshuvah (returning, repairing, forgiving)… Continue reading

The Gratitude Virus

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, here’s a reminder that our spiritual ancestors knew what neurobiologists only recently figured out. Emotion is catchy – and a good thing, too. In the 1980s, scientists discovered that the… Continue reading

“If!” — Walking Backwards into Elul

Today is September 1, and this weekend begins the Jewish month of Elul, doorway to the High Holy Days of awe, meaning, introspection and transformation. Yes, it’s that time. Tradition adds to daily… Continue reading