Jummah Reflection: Just Do It...With Good Intentions

Jummah Reflection: Just Do It…With Good Intentions

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF I recently complained to a friend that my ritual prayers (salah) feel uninspiring and robotic. Doing them out of obligation almost felt like a betrayal of my faith. He wisely suggested that I look…

Jummah Reflection: Pluralism, Diversity are Hard.

Jummah Reflection: Pluralism, Diversity are Hard.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF! This week I’ve been thinking a lot about pluralism. We all love the idea of pluralism… of a beautiful, diverse world where people live in harmony and find ways to overcome differences for the…

Jummah Reflection: It's Not About the Fucking System.

Jummah Reflection: It’s Not About the Fucking System.

Jummah Mubark, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. I understand why someone might sell all their crap and move to the beach to become a surfer. I’m pretty sure 90% of the human capital being spent right now in our society is…

Jummah Reflection: Inauguration Day

Jummah Reflection: Inauguration Day

Jummah Mubara, Shabbat Shalom and TGIF. Yesterday more than 20 Jewish Community Centers across the country had bomb threats called in to them. Yesterday, a “representative” of the people of Texas sent letters to Muslim communities throughout the state, asking…

Jummah Reflection: It's Not About You. Or Me.

Jummah Reflection: It’s Not About You. Or Me.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom, & TGIF! This week I had a fascinating conversation with a friend (who happens to be a Rabbi). We talked about a lot of things, but one of the topics that came up was the subject…

Jummah Reflection: Winter is Here

Jummah Reflection: Winter is Here

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. The last few days have been grey and chilly. A sort of hazy melancholy, for which I’m not entirely sorry, has quietly settled on me. Occasionally I get to this place where I am…

Jummah Reflection: It's Coming

Jummah Reflection: It’s Coming

I’ve been at some pretty horrible points in my 42 years. These were periods of weeks or months when I thought I literally couldn’t handle any more. Shit was coming at me, I had no control, and I could feel…

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

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…

Jummah Reflection: People First

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 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…