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‘Please, what is time?’

‘Please, what is time?’

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As I write this, I am, again, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the Fifth Forum for Promoting Global Peace. I am continuing to build brid…

The uniqueness of Chanukah

The uniqueness of Chanukah

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Chanukah is unlike all the other holidays we celebrate. Usually, festivities center around a meal, a kiddush, Hamotzi and festive foods fulfil…

Dream a little dream for me

Dream a little dream for me

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When I was a young boy, I used to watch a television show called “Branded.” At the beginning of each episode, we would witness a scene in whic…

Never yield, never compromise

Never yield, never compromise

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 “And he took from what he had with him a present to Esav his brother … and Esav ran toward him and embraced him … and kissed him …” (Bereshit…

‘God was in this place and  I did not know it.’

‘God was in this place and I did not know it.’

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Over the last two years, an evangelical pastor, an imam and this rabbi have worked intentionally to create bonds of friendship through shared …

Counter tragedy by building and growing

Counter tragedy by building and growing

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As the Jewish community is still in shock from the largest massacre of Jews in American history, we turn as always to our timely and timeless …

What the life of Sarah has taught us about love and grief

What the life of Sarah has taught us about love and grief

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Over several months, I visited a woman who had terminal cancer. She was confined to a single room and a bed. She was regularly provided with m…

Free yourself from hatred and bitterness

Free yourself from hatred and bitterness

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Parshat Vayeira, Genesis 18:1–22:24

Did Abram exist? Does it matter?

Did Abram exist? Does it matter?

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Lech-Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27

When pure instinct prevails, the result is fatal behavior

When pure instinct prevails, the result is fatal behavior

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Parshat Noach, Genesis 6:9–11:32

Overcoming our shadows to heal the world

Overcoming our shadows to heal the world

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Parshat Bereishit

Finding joy in the unity of our people

Finding joy in the unity of our people

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Sukkot

A hop and a happy mess: Sukkot under the stars

A hop and a happy mess: Sukkot under the stars

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For Yael Michaely, her husband Boaz, and their three young children, feeling at home in their new country began in earnest one autumn evening …

Metaphors cannot capture to fullness of God

Metaphors cannot capture to fullness of God

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Parshat Ha’azinu

What makes a sukkah a sukkah?

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With the holiday of Sukkot beginning at sundown on Sunday, many families and congregations are busy erecting the holiday’s namesake hut — the …

The genuine leader

The genuine leader

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Parshat Vayelech, Deuteronomy 31:1–30

Myriad worshippers find meaning in fasting

Myriad worshippers find meaning in fasting

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The day plays out much the same way every year, around when summer transitions into fall.

What does it mean to be alive?

What does it mean to be alive?

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Parshat Netzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20

Opening our eyes to the world’s brokenness

Opening our eyes to the world’s brokenness

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Parshat Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8

What’s in a fence?

What’s in a fence?

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Parshat Ki Tetze, Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19