Marching Together

Current Read: (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump This evening I had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in an extremely important community event. Our Temple-Synagogue Religious School was part of robust programming for a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., given that MondayContinue reading “Marching Together”

One King Away

This week we have moved on in our Torah reading cycle to the Book of Exodus, or Shemot. This parshah is particularly resonant in one of its earliest messages. The Book of Genesis tells us of Jacob and his sons, and how Joseph became one of the most powerful people in all of Egypt, evenContinue reading “One King Away”

Sorry to Kvetch

I do make a conscious effort to keep this blog as positive as possible, but let’s face it–sometimes we all need to kvetch a bit. As sleep seems to elude me on this particular night, I recently found myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. By nature of my interests (Jewish thought, study, practice, etc.) IContinue reading “Sorry to Kvetch”

“Go!”

I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what it means to be brave. When we are children, being brave and bold can start with sliding down the big slide on the playground for the first time, or finally taking that dive into the deep end of the pool during a swelteringContinue reading ““Go!””

Connection by Disconnecting

My brothers often make fun of me for being a bad millennial. They ask me why I even have an iPhone, and comment on the fact that I would likely be well-served by an old school style flip phone. “You use the ESPN app, the Internet and some Jewish apps.” This is true. I haveContinue reading “Connection by Disconnecting”

What Can We Do?

“What can we do?”  the Rabbi asked us to reflect upon these words during his drashah. Outside of the Temple, a New York State Trooper patrolled between the two local schuls, ensuring that the soft targets that are our houses of worship would not be welcoming to those whose intentions were troublesome or worse.  IContinue reading “What Can We Do?”

Replace the Rhetoric, Please

I wish this post was unlike so many of the others that I have written in my short time publishing this blog. Last night we had a beautiful Chanukah celebration at our home. Family was here, and we ate traditional foods, played some fun games, lit the menorah, and simply spent joyous time together. LastContinue reading “Replace the Rhetoric, Please”

Watching Rockets From America

Tonight is the 4th night of Chanukah, and our family went over to my mother’s to light the candles and order Chinese food. Since it happens to be Christmas today, Chinese was the plan. We all know that Jews and Chinese food on Christmas are like latkes and applesauce. They just go together. As weContinue reading “Watching Rockets From America”

Chag Chanukah Sameach

Well, here comes the 25th day of the month of Kislev. This means the beginning of the 8 nights of Chanukah…Hanukkah…Hanukah…Hannuk AHHH! Well, however you want to spell it is fine with me, although I was told that the agreed upon spelling according to the Union for Reform Judaism is “Hanukkah.” So, I suppose IContinue reading “Chag Chanukah Sameach”

Joseph: Dreamer, Coat-Wearer, Wheat-Collector

This week’s parshah from the Torah is Vayeshev, which translates to “and he lived.” While I don’t generally use this blog as a weekly Torah study or discussion (there are plenty of scholars and rabbis who beat me to the punch), I think that this particular week’s portion is worth talking about, if not onlyContinue reading “Joseph: Dreamer, Coat-Wearer, Wheat-Collector”