Rabbis Without Borders

Will the Real Chanukah Hero Please Stand Up?

As the eight days of Chanukah wind down, I am thinking of a question I posed as the festival began ...

Bringing the Light

The schools of Hillel and Shammai disagree (surprise!) about the way Chanukah candles are to be lit. Are we to ...

The Message of Chanukah

Hanukkah has been for as long as I can remember one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Throughout my life different ...

A Maccabeats Miracle

Last Chanukah the world was introduced to the Maccabeats with their runaway hit “Candlelight.” This year another song, “Miracles,” has ...

The Nuts and Bolts of Peace with Iran

“Even if the messiah tarries, nonetheless, I believe and wait for him, but peace with Iran? Impossible.” When I asked ...

What is Hanukah?

“What is Hanukah?”  the Talmud asks and typically each year at this time we are reminded by a variety of ...

Closing the Gender Gap

People often ask me why I decided to become a rabbi. Some would say in a condescending tone, “You want ...

Teaching Our Larger Communities About Chanukah

Last year, just before Chanukah, a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman came to me for some assistance.  Her four-year-old daughter ...

How Transparent Should We Be?

Why Do Infomericals Work? If you ever watch infomercials, you know that what they really sell isn’t just an amazing ...

Jewish storytelling: not just at the kitchen table, but about the kitchen table

I was recently sharing my excitement about Bill Bryson’s latest book, At Home , during a Friday night sermon.  The ...