Rabbis Without Borders

Getting to No

Rule #1: ALWAYS be polite...

A Pesach full of Aloha!

I was a little anxious about having a “Pesadic” experience in Hawaii

The Spirituality of Volcanoes

The description of a divine revelation complete with smoke, fire, and quakes has a parallel in nature

Enlightenment Thinking and Tikkun Olam

“My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”   That caption from a New ...

It’s Not About You

How can I be a good friend, a good rabbi, a good parent or leader, or even a source of emotional support to someone unless I put that person first?

BDS, Barnard and Natalie: The Bigger Problem

“Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation.”

“Say No to Non!” – Let’s Ban the Phrase “Non-Jew”

Every person, every group, and every community sometimes needs a mirror to see itself clearly and sense its own conscience.

Acharei Mot – Kedoshim, Fearing Death and Respecting Our Elders

"Be careful to continue to respect an elder who has forgotten his Torah knowledge due to circumstances beyond his control. Even though he is no longer a Torah scholar, he must still be respected for the Torah that he once possessed. As we say: Both the tablets of the Covenant and the broken tablets are placed in the Ark.”  (BT Berachot 8) 

Raw Trauma

The realization suddenly dawned on me at perhaps the most inappropriate of times. I was at the mourning gathering for ...