Why I Walk to Shul: Shabbat As Mindfulness

It’s raining outside today, which has me thinking about an old joke: Q: What does a bear do when it rains? A: It gets wet. Let’s contrast that to what I do when it rains: First, I check the weather with Siri to see exactly what time it will be raining and for how long.Continue reading “Why I Walk to Shul: Shabbat As Mindfulness”

Go Ahead and Try: Why Pesach (and Judaism) Aren’t All-or-Nothing

I’m going to risk the wrath of the Star Wars gods and disagree with Yoda. In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is required to lift his ship out of the Dagobah swamp using only his mind. Skeptical of his own ability to wield the Force, Luke says, “Alright, I’ll give it a try,” toContinue reading “Go Ahead and Try: Why Pesach (and Judaism) Aren’t All-or-Nothing”

“Not Very Religious” – A Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5777

It is told that once, just before the start of Yom Kippur, the Baal Shem Tov went up to a Jew in the back of the synagogue and asked him to lead the Kol Nidre service. The man looked up at the Baal Shem and did what any of us might do in the situation:Continue reading ““Not Very Religious” – A Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5777″

Moses and “Moses” – Celebrating Harriet Tubman

They say that “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I’m not so sure about that. This weekend, Jewish families all over the world will sit down at their tables for the Passover Seder. This season celebrates freedom; it acknowledges that somewhere in the depths of our history/mythology we were slaves. And that through forces humanContinue reading “Moses and “Moses” – Celebrating Harriet Tubman”