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  • Rejecting hopelessness and destruction within prison walls

    3 weeks ago

    When a close family member of mine was imprisoned at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic a few years ago, my perspective on the criminal justice system was forever changed. No longer were “inmates,” “jail” and “lockdown” abstract concepts. They were everyday life. Real. Close....

  • Torah portion: Taking the leap into leadership

    July 13, 2016 | 11:46 am

    This week’s Torah portion, Chukat, is marked by the deaths of two key biblical leaders, Miriam and Aaron, in quick succession. With Torah’s accounts of their passing, I found myself searching their lives for some clues as to how we may respond to today’s politics — a divisive...

  • Torah portion: Learning from mistakes

    March 30, 2016 | 10:50 am

    I lost my car keys last week. That’s the third set of keys I’ve lost this year. My wife is looking into a GPS tracker to help keep me better tethered. 

    I wish I could report that I was surprised to have done something like this. Again. On the contrary, with a 1-year-old at home,...

  • Torah portion: Speeding up to slow down

    November 24, 2015 | 9:48 am

    In one of my favorite essays by the humorist David Sedaris, he recounts his experience of chasing after his husband Hugh on their various vacations. Sedaris writes, “Most of Hugh’s and my travel arguments have to do with pace. I’m a fast walker, but he has longer legs, and likes to...

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  • Torah portion: ‘I am walking because our babies are dying’

    August 26, 2015 | 11:31 am

    On Aug. 19, I sat down with an African-American grandmother from Detroit to share breakfast. We sat at a plastic table under a tent in the parking lot of Ebenezer Baptist Church West in Athens, Ga. I was there to take part in America’s Journey for Justice, an 860-mile march from...

  • Reimagining religious school

    November 8, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    From my first interview at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) in 2009, when the search committee declared, “We want revolution, not evolution!” to the visioning work I do with families today, my purpose at the congregation has been clear: to help families build deeper relationships...

  • Burden of Change

    May 24, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    We are taught that each change we encounter in life results in an experience of loss. Our transitions are stored in our beings. They are what make us human and blessedly unique.

    Our lifetime of experiences with change link us to our ancestors. Besides tired bodies and tested faith,...

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