Sacred Cemetery Earth

President Trump deserves credit for beginning his recent address to Congress by affirming that America is “united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” specifically condemning bomb threats against Jewish school and JCCs, vandalism in Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia, and the murder of an Indian immigrant in a bar in… Read more »

On Friday the Rabbi Wore a Hijab 

I wear some unusual garments as a rabbi: the leather straps of Tefillin during weekday prayer services a fringed shawl-like Tallit, often tied as a cape, as I run up and down flights of stairs on Shabbat a white Kittel and Keds on Yom Kippur dreidle leggings on Chanukkah; a fruit dress on Tu B’Shevat;… Read more »

Joshua ben Gamla and Public Education

This year, our AC Wednesday night Talmud class is studying an excellent chapter (Bava Batra, Chap. 2) about responsible use of land, environmental hazards and zoning — the rules which enable us to be good and safe neighbors. (If you have never come to our class, please join us! We meet Wednesday at 7pm, followed… Read more »

DISCUSSING WHAT MATTERS

  Last Shabbat we read a parasha of death. Both Sarah and Abraham pass from the world in their ripe old ages, 127 and 175 respectively. And despite all the havoc Abraham wreaked upon his sons, Ishmael and Isaac, at last they join together to bury him lovingly in the cave at Machpela.   All… Read more »

The American Jewish Community and Black Lives Matter

But Baldwin’s rage reminds us that the black and Jewish experiences of America have been very different: largely a liberation for one community, and largely enslavement for another. How much tension for black Jews, who experience both simultaneously! To help heal America’s ever festering wounds, we have to come to understand that experience.