Something Leibel Fein Taught Me

August 15th, 2014

I will forever be grateful to Leibel for his truth. It stung, but it taught me that I am responsible for my words and that I am obligated to speak my conscience and my values even when it’s hard, even when it’s not popular. Read More...

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A voice of hope?

August 4th, 2014

I’ve been a rabbi for six years. I have counseled people who have lost children to cancer and addiction, men who are facing life in prison, or a fatal diagnosis. The question a rabbi faces most often in pastoral situations is “Where is God?” Read More...

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A Letter from Tel Aviv

July 24th, 2014

As an Israeli as well as a peace activist, I have lived a kind of double life for the past few weeks. I have sought ways to voice support for my country and deep admiration for our courageous soldiers in battle while also expressing my compassion for Palestinian civilians, who are paying such an awful price. Read More...

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A Rabbi's Thoughts From Israel: The Disgusting Irony of the Current Crisis

July 23rd, 2014

Azakah. I don’t ever want to hear this word again. Read More...

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They all deserve better

July 17th, 2014

Even as I mourn each of their lost lives as a unique tragedy, I recognize that they are far from the first innocent children to die in the latest round of this tragic conflict. Sadly, they’re already not even the latest. Read More...

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Enough!

July 3rd, 2014

And as the sun started to go down, white-on-black stickers were handed out that said “Khalas!” in both Hebrew and Arabic. Enough! But this time, “enough!” wasn’t an expression of despair, throwing up our hands in frustration and walking away. It was “enough. Enough of all of this. It’s time to go back to work.” Read More...

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Reflection on the Passing of Former Cabinet Minister Shulamit Aloni

January 24th, 2014

Today we mourn the passing of Shulamit Aloni, a politician, pioneer and guiding light for peace and justice in Israel. Aloni was many things to many people, but most of all, she was a source of inspiration. Read More...

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An Open Letter to the American Jewish Community

June 5th, 2013

It is time to speak out from the pulpit, in our communities, to our rabbis, to our politicians and to our friends in Israel: American Jews support a two-state solution for the sake of Israel's peace and security and we will stand behind Israel and the US as they make the hard choices now. Read More...

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