READING. RECREATING. RESONATING.
July 27, 2020
October 9, 2022
With a key twist on traditional ushpizin, we enter our sukkahs to sit with the memories of our forebears, and apply the lessons of their experiences to our lives
The rivers of Babylon
August 6, 2022
The people mourn Jerusalem, and rage at its destruction, even as they believe they'll return one day. In the meantime, in exile, they help each other
A passover prayer
April 10, 2022
May we gather, bicker, make crumbs, and laugh together with those we love. And may we ask all the hard questions that we cannot answer, for that too is our inheritance
Chaim Walder and the Power of Nuance
December 30, 2021
traditional explanations of difficult texts can turn harmful for students who may be sensitive for a whole host of reasons. Jewish educators can teach better
Lessons From a Murderer
September 29, 2021
What does it take in today's day and age to live in harmony with the universe?
David and Goliath: On the modern state of Israel
May 25, 2021
We are precariously perched among stronger, richer nations sworn to destroy us. So we wield power, and curb it, and worry about our national body and soul
May 9, 2021
What does it take for those 'least likely to succeed' to achieve greatness? Maybe it's divine intervention; maybe it's something more
We are Moses
March 18, 2021
We have been strangers everywhere that we have been. We have tried, and failed, and fled, and found refuge, and fled again. And then the sea of exile split for a second time
Go, and know…
October 25, 2020
When the world has grown small, and yet family feels farther away than ever, here's a moment to pause, with a sense of pride, and an awareness of destiny (Lech Lecha)
The Birthplace of Infertility
July 27, 2020
The Jewish Woman’s Bible
February 6, 2020
September 16, 2020
Navigating the precarious journey from conception to birth is both universal and timeless, and we are living in unprecedented times.
The Books of Maccabees: A tale of two stories
December 25, 2019
Imagine if Antiochus had written the story of Hanukkah... or if Judah Maccabee's mother had. Every account reflects its author's background, including the ones we have
Can we live up to the indestructible chain of Jewish history that the Israeli menorah represents, in the face of our heritage of severe infighting?
Does the Book of Esther belong in the Bible?
March 20, 2019
'Write my story down for the generations to come,' demanded Esther. But would the sages do it? (Historical fiction)
A millennia-old book of the Bible demonstrates just how warped society can get without women's active participation
Blame Tamar, the killer-wife (or not)
December 7, 2018
The very mistakes our ancestors made when bowing to convention become the Torah's way of teaching unconventional truths.
Voices to Listen for in 2019
January 17, 2019
In 2019 we are frantically searching for answers, but the noise generated by that search runs the risk of drowning out essential voices.
Twinkle, twinkle, burnt-out star
September 3, 2018
The Days of Awe force us to seek balance between wonderment at God’s universe and finding a meaningful place within it
If hills could speak
July 15, 2018
Jewish history has taught us that survival is less fragile than we have been led to believe. (poetry)