Table of Brotherhood

Table of Brotherhood

In 1820, when Missouri applied to join the union as a slave state,Thomas Jefferson described the ensuing dispute like a fire bell in thenight. It was a situation that aroused a vexing tension, just waiting toexplode. Jefferson sensed that he was living on the cusp of...
The Journey of the Convert

The Journey of the Convert

Sitting across my desk, the husband looked at me as his wife gazed down. “Rabbi, he said, “we want to thank you for everything you’ve done for us. But we’ve decided not to continue with the conversion.” I wasn’t shocked at their decision, but it did feel like a loss....
You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Haggadah & Jewish Survival  Since the dawn of Jewish time, the Pesach Seder has been a communal affair. Families and groups of friends have gathered every year for thousands of years for this most widely celebrated Jewish holiday. This year, our Pesach tables will...
The Scent of Sacrifice

The Scent of Sacrifice

Restoring a fractured world  A question has been circulating on social media about the Coronavirus quarantine:  What’s the first thing you’ll do when it’s all over?  It’s tempting to think about! But here’s alternative question to ponder: Where we will be when the...
A Time to Heal

A Time to Heal

COVID-19 ~ A Megillah Remedy  Last month, 109 people attended a sales conference held by a UK company at a Singapore hotel. Such an event would seem to be of minor significance. What impact could 100 people in a Singapore hotel have on our life? Turns out, quite...
Letters from Prison

Letters from Prison

Doug Hodge, former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company, was recently convicted and sentenced to prison for his role in the Varsity Blues Scandal. Following his conviction, Hodge wrote that he always prided himself on having a strong moral compass. How then...