Between Holy and Ordinary (or “Why I Turn Off My Work Email on Shabbat”)

Once we were slaves. Now we are free. Shabbat is Zecher Liy’tziyat Mitzrayim – a reminder of our Exodus from slavery. On Shabbat, we are meant to embrace freedom, to throw off the shackles of the things that enslave us. As a Reform Jew, I take seriously the mitzvah of Shamor et Yom Hashabbat –Continue reading “Between Holy and Ordinary (or “Why I Turn Off My Work Email on Shabbat”)”

Sukkot: Measuring the Years

Sukkot is the strangest holiday we have, and it has the strangest rituals. It’s one thing to sit around the table and eat and sing (like we do on every holiday). It’s quite another thing to build a shack in the back yard and wave around a bunch of plants in all directions.  What’s thatContinue reading “Sukkot: Measuring the Years”

Thoughts for Pesach 5770

Here are 2 readings I put together for this year’s seder. Feel free to use them at your own tables, or to pass them on. Chag Kasher V’sameach! Freedom and Slavery Avadim hayinu. Once we were slaves in Egypt Ata v’nei chorin. And the Eternal took us out of that place. With freedom comes responsibility.Continue reading “Thoughts for Pesach 5770”