Losing Your Shadow – Parshat Shelach 2022

There is an old Scandinavian folk tale that goes as follows. There was a woman married to a pastor who was desperate to avoid having children. She approaches a witch who instructs her to throw seven stones into a well, after which she will no longer need to worry about becoming pregnant. The woman does … Continue reading Losing Your Shadow – Parshat Shelach 2022

Moshe Was a Boomer – Parshat Beha’alotecha 2022

Although the phrase had predated social media and the existence of TikTok for about a decade, it was not until 2019 that the phrase “ok, boomer,” became a meme, part of our daily culture. In response to a recording of a middle-aged man in his 50s complaining that Millennials suffer from Peter Pan syndrome, a … Continue reading Moshe Was a Boomer – Parshat Beha’alotecha 2022

Census and Sensitivity – Parshat Bamidbar 2022

About a month ago, Ari Geier made an important announcement in shul at the end of davening that may have not been fully appreciated. On April 1, the National Archives and Records Administration, following a legal requirement, released individual records of the 1950 census. The law requires that census information be released no earlier than … Continue reading Census and Sensitivity – Parshat Bamidbar 2022

The Formula Shortage – Parshat Emor 2022

In addition to inflation, addition to the continued pandemic which throws us into confusion about the appropriate measures to take to keep ourselves and others from getting sick all at the same time, in addition to the bloody and unwarranted war in Ukraine, there is an emergency situation which has been under the radar for … Continue reading The Formula Shortage – Parshat Emor 2022

The Kohen Gadol Comes Home – Parshat Acharei Mot 2022

This year is a bit unusual. We just celebrated פסח, we’re in the midst of counting ספירת העומר, looking forward to שבועות in about five weeks. The ימים נוראים, the High Holiday season, is not to begin for another five months. And yet, I’ve been thinking about יום כיפור for much of the week. Two … Continue reading The Kohen Gadol Comes Home – Parshat Acharei Mot 2022

Hyssop to Welcome You Home – Parshat Metzora 2022

Early in the pandemic, when we were just learning about the symptoms of the novel coronavirus, there was a joke that was making its way around the Jewish community on WhatsApp and social media. The CDC made public that one of the tell-tale signs that you might have Covid-19 is loss of the senses of … Continue reading Hyssop to Welcome You Home – Parshat Metzora 2022

Staying Put in the Face of Danger – Parshat Shemini 2022

In recent years, there has been a lot of drama in the United States Senate about the existence of the filibuster. The Senate does not have any official limits on how long a senator may speak during the debate over the passage of a bill. Filibustering is when a senator takes advantage of the laxity … Continue reading Staying Put in the Face of Danger – Parshat Shemini 2022

Praying with Our Feet – Parshat Tzav 2022

In American politics, particularly, in some Jewish political circles, it has become common to reference the phrase “praying with one’s feet.” The phrase is attributed to two important historical figures who lived a century apart from one another, the Black American orator Fredrick Douglass and the Jewish theologian and professor Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. In … Continue reading Praying with Our Feet – Parshat Tzav 2022

Rituals That Make It Home – Parshat Tetzaveh 2022

We all have routines and rituals that we repeat every day. Maybe we eat the same breakfast every day, drink the same cup of coffee, do the same workout, watch the same TV show, read the same newspaper. Routines or rituals are particularly important for children or anyone else who is learning how to self-regulate. … Continue reading Rituals That Make It Home – Parshat Tetzaveh 2022