Jummah Reflection: Celebrate Renewal

Jummah Reflection: Celebrate Renewal

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & Good Friday to you all. <3 There is no better time to fall in love with The Divine than during the springtime! The Qur’an repeatedly tells us that we can know God and derive great…

Jummah Reflection: Atoms and Stars

Jummah Reflection: Atoms and Stars

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I am thinking about the balance we must each strike between standing out in a leadership capacity while still remaining part of the fabric of humanity, and acknowledging how unextraordinary each of…

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…