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To Pray for Healing is to be Human

  Below is the text of my Rosh Hashanah morning sermon delivered to the beautiful souls of Temple Beth Shalom, Austin. Once upon a time, Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Akiba were strolling in the streets of Jerusalem. They noticed someone … Continue reading

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Don’t become paralyzed with fear

My sermon from tonight, Parshat Va’etchanan, Shabbat Nachamu Don’t Become Paralyzed by Fear, in memory of Rep. John Lewis There is a tremendous amount of disappointment in our lives today. We’ve cancelled vacations, missed eating with friends at restaurants, there … Continue reading

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My favorite teacher

Dear AE (initials only for privacy), I saw your social media post announcing your retirement from teaching after an incredible 33 years. I know that we have not been in touch formally, though we are friends on Facebook. It seemed … Continue reading

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What a Basketball Star Teaches about Antisemitism

Here is my sermon from Friday night. As a kid growing up in Los Angeles there were many advantages. Surely one of them were the Los Angeles Lakers of 1987 and 1988. Playing center was the graceful Kareem Abdul-Jabbar whose … Continue reading

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Passover 5780/2020

Every time I open my refrigerator I can smell it. That pungent, spicy horseradish root is permeating the space and wafts out the fridge door every time I open it. Passover is coming and my maror (bitter herb) is ready. … Continue reading

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Shabbat is almost here

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for Shabbat. This week leaves me anxious and exhausted, my soul yearns to be refreshed. This week in the Torah we read, “The People of Israel shall guard Shabbat, observing Shabbat … Continue reading

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What about parsnips?

Dear MOM, I am so excited for Passover this year. The opportunity to celebrate with family and friends is so precious. And for some reason, Passover is becoming one of my favorite holidays (look out Sukkot). We are hosting Seder … Continue reading

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We’ve All Gone to Look for America

Below is the text of my Rosh Hashanah morning sermon. Shana tovah, happy new year. Last winter I traveled to Washington, DC with six of our TBH teenagers to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. … Continue reading

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Happy 74th birthday, Mom

Dear Mom, Happy birthday! It might seem strange to wish you a happy birthday when you’ve been gone now for almost eight years, nevertheless, happy birthday. Early this morning I looked through pictures, so many pictures, and the sadness of … Continue reading

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VoyageLA interview

Thanks for the interview, VoyageLA. You can read it here.

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