I Have a Dream

If you’re a dreamer (we all are), read on: this post is about you. “I have a dream.” With these words, dreamer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. propelled the American nation along the… Continue reading

Wrestling in the Dark Night

The human mind is a marvelous machine – always scanning and planning. Among the mind’s “programs” is worst-case thinking, wrestling to assert control over potential threats. Maybe you do this: I know I do. A… Continue reading

The Cosmic “Why Me?”

If you or someone you love ever suffered, you probably asked why. “Why me” is a constant echo in history and the human psyche – and it doesn’t matter whether the echo is… Continue reading

(Thanks)giving — A Thanksgiving for the Rest of the Year

Happy Thanksgiving! For many, Thanksgiving gathers us with family and friends, inviting us to reflect gratefully on our blessings. For others, Thanksgiving can be a day of quiet despair and even shame for… 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

The Day After

The glass shattered. We can’t stay: we’ve already been ejected from our land, the place that made us, our ancestral home. We don’t know where we’re going or how we’ll get there. Today… Continue reading

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