When I received a call from a colleague asking me to attend, address, and mobilize my community for a pro-Israel rally on Sunday, I paused a beat before answering. I love Israel, and, as Woody Allen once said, most of life is just showing up. Israel needs friends, always, and especially now. So why did I pause?
I struggle as a rabbi. By livestreaming on Shabbat have I stepped onto a slippery slope from which there is no escape?
Civil society does not unravel all at once. There is no one moment when conscience crumbles and dissent dies.
John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to sacrifice for the good of their country; the message is vital in today’s conditions.
Covid has been a disruptor and accelerator for American Jewry laying bare questions that have been around for some time.
President Trump used the Bible for a photo op — but he never opened it. If he had, which verse might he have used to heal our country?
The redemptive arc of Ruth is not linear, but rather comes by way of individual acts of goodness.
We need a Chancellor willing to boldly renew Jewish tradition even as the nature of community and identity formation is changing.
Far easier than knowing what to say is to begin with what not to say — how not to respond.
Until this month, I have never recited vidui — the death-bed prayer — to a person over the phone, and I hope never to do so ever again.