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About rabbisteinman

I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.


What does a rabbi look like? Do you envision the rabbi of your childhood when you picture a rabbi? Is it an iteration of Tevye the lead character from Fiddler on the Roof? At the annual convention fo the Central … Continue reading

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When I was five years old I started piano lessons. For my parents, especially MY MOM, it was extremely important that music play a role in my life. I took lessons on my grandmother’s piano. My grandmother died when MY … Continue reading

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Sanctuary. A place of refuge and protection. Places of learning and growth are sanctuaries. Dance clubs where our bodies move to the wondrous pulse of music are sanctuaries. Movie theaters where we release our minds to the wonders, sounds, and … Continue reading

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An update on my Facebook-free phone

Facebook let me know that 11 years ago today I joined. A lot can happen in 11 years. I will spare you the corny Facebook video. As you may recall, I recently removed the app from my phone. It was … Continue reading

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Experiment: Facebook is off of my phone

I have just returned from a week in Europe, Berlin and Prague to be precise. And while there are many wonderful things that I observed, one thing I noticed is how much less Europeans seem to be staring at their … Continue reading

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Temple Beth Hillel, Reach Out When You’re Ill

This article appeared in the Temple Beth Hillel publication, Hillel Omer. “Reaching Out When You’re Ill” Did you know that you can remove a sixtieth of a person’s suffering simply by visiting them? According to the Talmud (Bava Metzia 30b), we … Continue reading

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Embracing Disruption

Below is the text of my Yom Kippur morning sermon, Embracing Disruption, delivered at Temple Beth Hillel. A poor man walking in the forest feels close enough to God to ask, “God, what is a million years to you?” God … Continue reading

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