Korach – Turning 60 – Confronting the Inner Korach

Sometimes lines from our tradition can ruffle feathers a bit. That happened to me this week when I turned sixty and decided to see what […]

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Chukat – Meaning from Mourning

As we were preparing for Ben’s Bar Mitzvah, his father Vlad shared a poignant story.  The background to the story is that both of Ben’s […]

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Shlach Lecha – Lifting up Painful Stories: Reflections on Tulsa

If there is a lesson from Judaism that I wish were more prevalent in America, it is to shine light on our most difficult moments.  […]

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Bamidbar – Torah in The Wilderness

How come such a big part of the Torah happens in the midbar/the desert? And how come when we receive the Torah, which we will […]

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B’ha’alotcha – Responding to Antisemitism

Last week, in Skokie, IL, a window was broken in the building of the Persian Hebrew Congregation – one of the synagogues in the community […]

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Behar Bechukotai – It’s Not Ours!

After creating the world and human beings, the Midrash teaches that God takes Adam around the Garden of Eden and says, “Look at My works! […]

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