reflection

Don’t Confuse Ideology with Identity

Should rabbis talk about politics, or should they strive to make the High Holidays a sanctuary from bad news?

Something Sacred in the Southern Soil

Throughout history, Jews have had many names, including one of my favorites: The People of the Book. We have a ...

Settling In, Still Unsettled: Early Southern Shabbat Reflections

Ever since I was in elementary school, I have always had a strong connection to prayer. On Friday nights during ...

Reflecting On A Year of Southern Jewish Life

Another school year has come and gone, and the ending of the school year just so happens to coincide with ...

10 Letters To Write for Meaningful Moments

Before January passes us by… have you taken some time for introspection?If not — or if you could use a ...

I’ll Take All The New Years I Can Get

Several years ago, I was at a chain drugstore in Jackson, Mississippi, running some last-minute errands as I prepared to ...

Looking in the Mirror

There is an old tale of a man who was searching for the finest archer and came upon a barn covered ...

Fellow Farewell: Lex Found the Torah He Was Looking For in The South

We 21st century Jews like mentioning Hillel the Elder a lot. The man is one of few individuals on the ...

On Wedding Vows, Giving, and Receiving

My sister, Chanie, and my new brother-in-law, Joel, got married this month. I’m very fortunate to have incredible co-workers who ...

What “Those Jews” Really Need

Throughout the high holiday season, we think a lot about judgment. It’s a heavy word, and also a word that ...