I want to begin by sharing my sadness and my anger in reading about another mass shooting. The latest, in Kansas, was the 22nd in the month of February alone. It hurts right now, in our country. It is hard to read the news and to see the pain of the families of the victims… Continue reading Building a Mishkan of Ahavat Hinam: Ki Tissa Drash on Gun Violence
At this time of year, our culture has the tradition of setting resolutions for the upcoming year. We take time to reflect on the past twelve months and try and set priorities for the next. This past year, 2015, has been a big year. There has been a lot of violence, from Ukraine, Syria… Continue reading Confronting Our Potential, Like it or Not
Last week, I took an important exam marking a significant milestone in my learning and my education here at the Ziegler School. And now that the exam has been taken, passed, and that process is now concluded, I have been reflecting on the experience. There is a part of me that is very relieved, happy… Continue reading There Are No Real Endings
On Thursday last week, a suicide bomber murdered forty three human beings in Beirut and injured two hundred and forty. On Friday last week, a suicide bomber murdered nineteen human beings in Bagdad and injured thirty three. In Paris, seven men murdered one hundred twenty three human beings, and injured four hundred thirty. On Tuesday… Continue reading To Be a Jew Means I Love You
Shabbat shalom. On Wednesday, during one of my classes, we discussed an idea outlined by Rabbi Aharon Shmuel Tameres. He suggested that God’s love for us is shown through the giving and fulfilling of mitzvot. And that they are for the explicit purpose to improve human lives and relationships. And by understanding this we would… Continue reading The World is in Chaos: Where is God? Where am I?
This morning, sitting under a cloudy sky in the Sukkah, staring into the faces of my students, I shared a practice I have with my chevrutot [study partners]. My chevruta and I share what we bring to the table. The state of our minds and hearts, laying ourselves onto the table, we significantly impact our… Continue reading A Broken Heart and a Joyous Spirit: Celebrating Torah on This Simchat Torah
Shabbat shalom! As I have entered my last year of school, I have found myself reflecting on all that has happened since I began. And through this review, I have tried to identify aspects of my experience that have been passed over. All of the learning left un-learned. All of the praying left un-prayed. All… Continue reading Who Are Your Judges and Magistrates? A Drash for Parashat Shoftim