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…

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…

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…

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…

Jummah Reflection | Just Be.

Jummah Reflection | Just Be.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. Due to the loss of life I’ve witnessed recently, including one in my own circle of friends, I’ve been thinking a lot in the past couple weeks about impermanence. The trip I took to…

Jummah Reflection: Being Human

Jummah Reflection: Being Human

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF.   I’m preparing to take a social media break for the next couple weeks and devote my energy to writing the story of my spiritual journey. This is not an easy story to write,…

Jummah Reflection: On Community

Jummah Reflection: On Community

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF.   We like to romanticize the idea of the lone wolf hero or the independent self-made person who ‘makes it’ on their own. Countless stories and movies have been made about being The One…

Jummah Reflection:  Your Attention Please

Jummah Reflection: Your Attention Please

I used to believe (and have often stated) that the only thing we have any real control over is how we choose to respond to any given circumstance. But this week I realized there’s one more thing we have absolute…