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What Have You Learned So Far?

Working on a college campus, perhaps it would be natural to discuss what I have learned throughout my studies. But what I’ve really learned so far is that it’s actually the day-to-day experiences outside of the classroom that shape me the most. Here’s a snapshot of what I have learned: Express my...

What Have You Learned So Far?

When I was in college, I had a poetry professor who became a friend. He told me (at what now, in my 40s, seems like a young age) that everything I needed was inside of me. He also told me a Zen koan about the perfect gift, which turned out to be an orange. In regard to the former, I had a sense...

The Passover Seder: A Night of Questions, but What Kind of Questions?

I am a rabbi. When I tell people that I lead a program called Ask Big Questions, many of them respond something like this: “Oh, that makes so much sense. Judaism is all about asking questions!” Jews are a people who love questions, who are characterized by questions, who “answer a question with a...

Are we free?

What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protest? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows that hopes raised by such events are often dashed, sooner rather than later. “Bliss was it in that...