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”

Straddling the Line: A Jewish Moment in America

Now that the sun has officially set on the weekend, and a brand new week of work and hustle bustle has begun, I figured it would be a nice time to write about my beautifully Jewish weekend, and what has stemmed as a result. Friday night was a wonderful Shabbat evening service. Our Temple honoredContinue reading “Straddling the Line: A Jewish Moment in America”

The Jew Weeps

It happened again. We are now just a couple of days removed from a deadly attack at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City that targeted, and murdered, Jews. While any deadly terror attack is enough to send chills down the spine, there are some more-disturbing-than-usual details about this particular and most recent horror. After doingContinue reading “The Jew Weeps”

A Baby, Latkes, and Some Updates

Some updates: I have finally gotten over this virus/cold/sinus infection that has been walloping me for three weeks. This thing has taken me two different antibiotics and a course of Prednisone to battle through. I have been exhausted fairly easily, and I have certainly had to make some attempts to write through the heavy eyesContinue reading “A Baby, Latkes, and Some Updates”

“Rabbi” For a Night

With the warmth that is emanating from the formal celebration of my Bar Mitzvah still less than a month old, I was able to have another truly meaningful experience this Shabbat. As you have probably gathered based upon the name of this website, I live in Upstate New York. I have heard many arguments regardingContinue reading ““Rabbi” For a Night”

Find Your Baby Voice

My current night-time read is To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin. I have written of him before, and have learned a lot from another one of his books, the simply named, To Be a Jew. This current book truly breaks down the Siddur from an Orthodox point of view, and IContinue reading “Find Your Baby Voice”

A Moment in a Train Car

While rummaging around the world of the internet, I came across the webpage for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which dusted off memories that I have carried with me for some years now.  I was a guest artist in the Washington D.C. area in the fall of 2011 while rehearsing for a regional musicalContinue reading “A Moment in a Train Car”

Can Our Country be a Synagogue?

I would like to share a section from the Mishkan T’filah that is often read during the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service: “May the door of this synagogue be wide enough to receive all who hunger for love, all who are lonely for friendship. May it welcome all who have cares to unburden, thanks toContinue reading “Can Our Country be a Synagogue?”

Holocaust Horrors Are…Genetic?

In my professional life I often provide trainings on mental health, trauma-informed services, and suicide safety, among many other topics. One of my favorite trainings to provide to a wide variety of audiences focuses on trauma. In this particular program, I explain how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are positively correlated with negative health outcomes laterContinue reading “Holocaust Horrors Are…Genetic?”