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Ideas for Memorable Seders (and Conversations)

Practical Ideas for Making Great Conversations (and Great Seders) One of the most important elements of a successful conversation, like a good Passover seder, is participation. A second element is preparation. Find a way for a lot of people to contribute. Ask folks to bring an item of food. Ask...

Are we free?

Are We Free? This certainly qualifies as a Big Question—one of the biggest—and one that is appropriate to consider as we prepare for Passover. There are two ways in which I want to look at this question, each of which leads me to the conclusion that, as free as most of us may feel from day to day...

What could we sacrifice to repair the world?

When I was in third grade, my incredibly creative and thoughtful teacher announced one morning that our class would be knitting a blanket for a homeless mother and her child. The nineteen eight year olds in my class looked at her in amazement. How would we knit a blanket? None of us even really...

Spiritual or Religious, Conforming or non-Conforming?

“I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious”. This is what many people say to me when they find out I’m a rabbi. I wonder, is this like saying, “I have my own personal sense of the Transcendent but I’m not one to join a whole system with baggage and rules?” I’m spiritual, but I’m non-conformist. Rev....