Jummah Reflection:  I'm a Muslim

Jummah Reflection: I’m a Muslim

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This morning I’m thinking about what it means to be a Muslim. I am coming up on 19 years in this tradition–almost half my life now, Alhamdolillah. I’m eternally grateful to Allah (SWT) for…

Jummah Reflection: You Should Feel Bad

Jummah Reflection: You Should Feel Bad

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom, TGIF… and also, G’mar Hatima Tova to my Jewish friends, and to my Shia friends – may your observance of Ashura be filled with meaning. Every day is Ashura, every Heart is Karbala. Today marks an…

Enough is Enough: On the Oppressive Culture of American Mosques

Enough is Enough: On the Oppressive Culture of American Mosques

Asalaamu-Alaikum wa’ Rahmatullah wa’Barakatohu. My friends, I have made a mistake. Since I embraced Islam 18 years ago, I’ve been at odds with the way Austin-area mosques have structured their common areas to partition men and women away from each…

Jummah Reflection: Discomfort Beats Delusion Any Day

Jummah Reflection: Discomfort Beats Delusion Any Day

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. Sometimes I envy those with righteous certainty, who wield their condescending dogmas like weapons. Those who never question their beliefs, or feel the need to constantly examine their own foundations for cracks. I used…

Jummah Reflection: Do you really want FREEDOM?

Jummah Reflection: Do you really want FREEDOM?

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF! This week I’m thinking about “freedom” and how few people really want it. Now, most people will say that they want “freedom” if you ask them outright, but the truth is that they only…

How One Muslim-Jewish Women’s Group Goes Beyond Feel-Good Interfaith Work and Tackles Israel-Palestine | Tablet Magazine

Last week I saw a provocative Facebook post that ended up generating a lot of conversation in my interfaith circles. It read, in part… Read Full Article Here.

Jummah Reflection | Proximity Is Not Peace

Jummah Reflection | Proximity Is Not Peace

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I wrote a piece for Tablet Magazine about the need to take our interfaith work to the next level. To go beyond the kumbaya-touchy-feely-hummus-and-holiday engagement. As my friend and colleague Rabbi Susan…

Digital Centership | Why Lead Online?

Digital Centership | Why Lead Online?

“People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when…

Jummah Reflection | The Web

Jummah Reflection | The Web

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF.   Some days I am overwhelmed by a consciousness of the interconnectedness that is the human experience.   I’ll look down and ponder the many people who touched the bracelet on my arm–from the…