How Do You Know If Your Life Is On Track?

As a rabbi, I officiate at many funerals. This is what I have learned: If you want the answer to the question, “What is my purpose or what should I be doing?” live your life backwards from the moment of your funeral. This is what I mean: Decide what you want people to feel, think, …

Why Were the 11 Jews killed in Pittsburgh at the Temple?

Why were the 11 Jews who were killed in Pittsburgh at the temple in the first place?  What compelled them to go to the synagogue that particular Saturday morning?  And how does it come to be that a doctor, a 97 year old woman, and 2 developmentally disabled brothers, amongst others, assemble for the same …

Tear Down That Wall… of Patriarchy!

As an American feminist, a woman rabbi and the mother of a teenage girl, I want to extend a sincere thank you to President Trump for all his recent tweets about Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Thank you, President Trump, for depicting in the most stunning and concrete way exactly what it is that we are …

How Did She Do It? How Did She Become A Butterfly?

My grandmother’s mother died when she was eleven years old. Then her father left and she was sent to live with her older sister. There was often not enough money for rent and they were always moving to avoid being evicted. When my grandmother married my grandfather and they bought a modest home in the …

They Lied To Us

They lied to us.  They told us that Eve was a sinner. That she had, in fact- brought sin into the world. They said that she disobeyed God and ruined paradise for everyone, especially men. They said that she was dangerous and could not be trusted. For this, she needed to be silenced and deserved …

I’m Writing A Book!

It never let up.  For the past three years, I’ve been writing my first book.  It is the last thing I think about when I go to sleep at night and the first thing I think about when I wake up.  You could say it’s a little meshuganah, a little crazy- how the drive, the yearning, the …