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 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 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…

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 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 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 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 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 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…