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Thirty six. Conservatively speaking, that’s the number of times that the phrase “Do not oppress the stranger” appears in our tradition. I say “conservatively” because that accounts only for the times we hear it in the Torah. This admonition repeats and echoes through Ketuvim and the Prophets--- The voice...

God of Mothers and Fathers Send strength to those who are apart tonight Gentleness to those who are fighting for freedom Yearning to be together.   God of our sons and daughters
Help us remember that you are the God of their sons and daughters Who speak to you in languages of...

The poet Theodore Roethke wrote “in a dark time the eye begins to see” This week has been a particularly dark time, here at home, in the Jewish community, and in Israel. What we see is discord, an inability to hear opposing viewpoints, and we see...

  Today marks the 4th anniversary of my rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that rabbinical school is five years long. Those of us ordained by HUC-JIR begin the first year together studying in Jerusalem,...

There’s an educational philosophy called “Understanding by Design”. Flying in the face of the idea that the beginning is a very good place to start, the philosophy asks us instead, to start at the end. The framework of Understanding by Design asks us to consider where we...