Are You Sitting?

Are You Sitting?

Unexpected challenges bring us to new vistas of self-discovery Last spring my wife, Aviel, was standing at the Kotel.  Suddenly, she felt like someone turned off a switch.  The world looked oddly dark.  Was something off with her sight?  Could it...
Rise Up

Rise Up

A conversation between G-d and Moshe reveals a key to overcoming setbacks. We all face setbacks. They are an integral part of our journey. A tendency is to be discouraged. We often feel that a setback is evidence that the steps we took forward were misguided. After a...
My Name Forever

My Name Forever

The conversation between G-d and Moshe at the burning bush is a conversation for the ages. It has deep implications for Jewish history – and for our own lives. If we pay attention to this conversation, we will have a key to dealing with the most difficult issues we...
Is Masculinity Toxic?

Is Masculinity Toxic?

A Torah Perspective When we reflect on Bereishit, some might say that we are looking at a Patriarchal world. A world in which fathers—men—define the family and the tribe. In truth, the Imahot were obviously pivotal in defining the family. Nevertheless, reflecting on...
Lie to the Kids?

Lie to the Kids?

A Chanukah Reflection  Ladies and gentlemen, Put on your Yarmulke, here comes Hanukah! Tell Veronica, Get out your Harmonica! As this SNL classic Jewish song reminds us, Chanukah is one of those times that all Jews connect to. But if we look at the Chag more...