Light One Candle

Chevre, It was the darkest of times, the subjugation of Judea under Antiochus. As the story goes, the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple for the worship of God. They needed to light its lamps against the darkness of oppression at this darkest time of the year. They found...

Every Day is Election Day

Chevre, Three weeks ago, I wrote about “this post-election moment” and the need to strengthen democracy. Today, I want to return to that moment with a complementary message. I learned what follows from my colleague, Rabbi David Stern, and applaud him for his vision...

Thanksgiving Blessing, 2020

Chevre, I’d like you to consider, for a moment, that gratitude is a moral category. In America, there are two native competing American stories. The first is one of thanksgiving, of gratitude for a sustaining bounty. The second is of the rugged individual, the...

A Call to (Our) Community

Chevre, I had several topics on my list to write about, including the second part of my reflection last week regarding where we are at this moment in America and a deeper explanation of the thinking of the program team about our learning theme for this year. (I plan...

This Post-Election Moment

Chevre, Many of us feel tired. Tired from the election. Tired from the last four years. Tired from the hostility. Tired from congressional stalemates and an unwillingness to work together, to compromise. Tired from feeling like we have enemies in our neighbors,...
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