How to help resolve conflict

One bright sunny morning, back when I was a congregational rabbi, I got a phone call from one of our members, Fred. “Rabbi, I’m so glad I caught you. I know how busy you are, but I just need five minutes.” Now Fred is an anonymous, composite character, but you know what’s going to happen… Continue reading How to help resolve conflict


Only God Can Name God

As we tick off another year of the 21st century, it’s not easy to talk about God. A recent blog I posted cites a New York Times op-ed, “It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God”, which notes, “An overwhelming majority of people say that they don’t feel comfortable speaking about faith, most of the time.”… Continue reading Only God Can Name God

A Deliverer is Born—in Egypt!

 Parashat Shemot, Exodus 1:1–6:1 Most of the Christian world is celebrating the birth of the Messiah this week, and in the synagogue we are reading the early chapters of Exodus, which recount the birth of another deliverer, Moses. Scholars have long noted similarities between the two birth accounts, especially in the version of Messiah’s birth… Continue reading A Deliverer is Born—in Egypt!

Prudence, Bush 41 & Abraham

After President George H.W. Bush passed away on the night of November 30, one of the first of many tributes to be posted was titled, “The two-syllable word that summed up George H.W. Bush—in the best way.” That word, according to columnist David Von Drehle, is “prudence,” as in comedian Dana Carvey’s Saturday Night Live… Continue reading Prudence, Bush 41 & Abraham