Excerpts From My Blog
(In the wake of the shooting in New Zealand, I share an amended version of my words to my synagogue, Congregation Cnesses Israel, in Green Bay this past Shabbat.) In the Jewish calendar, this past Shabbat (Sabbath) is called Shabbat Zahor...Continue reading
I remember my first trip to Israel, the summer before I turned ten years old. As I was heading via sheirut (a shared cab in Israel) to the airport to return home to Milwaukee, I remember crying, hoping, begging, and praying to see...Continue reading
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, I wrote the following article, published in this month’s edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle....
In 1939, the U.S. turned away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 900 Jewish refugees. They were returned to Europe, where historians estimate that one quarter of them died. How tragic that, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the U.S. once...Continue reading
Pride, Pressure and Principle: A Reflection on My Eighteen Months of Growing, Then Cutting, Then Donating My Hair My unintended personal journey began almost four years ago, when I was then the Associate Rabbi of Westchester Jewish Center in...Continue reading
(sermon delivered on June 9th, 2012) Shabbat shalom. I would like to talk about two things this morning that have been on my mind. The first is particularistic and the second universalistic. First, the particularistic: Judaism. In...Continue reading