Jummah Reflection: Guilt & Shame Are Not a Way of Life

This morning I’m thinking about mercy. We have all done terrible things. I certainly have. Things that I have convinced myself were unforgivable. For years I suffered fear and guilt and shame and allowed them to cut me off from…

2017: Here's What I'm Going to Do

Here’s What I’m Going to Do: I’ve been thinking a lot the past three weeks about what I can do as we go forward into 2017. Things look bleak, to be sure. Right now the incoming presidential administration has made…

Never before has it been so urgent for American Jews and Muslims to unite as it is now that Donald Trump has won the presidency. Ever since November 9, Jews and Muslims have been experiencing an uptick in targeted hate…

Jummah Reflection: People First

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week, I’ve been thinking a lot of about The Golden Rule. You know the one… it’s part of almost every faith tradition and it’s worded lots of different ways, but it all boils…

Jummah Reflection: Aftermath

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. I’m generally not a worrier. It’s just not who I am. But right now? I’m worried. And that is a good thing. Because there are a lot of people whose worries I ignored this…

Jummah Reflection: Agency IS Power - The Best Kind

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF Thanks to a friend on Facebook who corrected me earlier this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concepts of “Power” and “Agency”. I think most of us recognize that with Power comes…

“I know that there are real problems in the world, and they need to be addressed because they are putting a lot of us in peril. I know that we need a lot of good ideas from smart people who…