April 8, 2020

During these weeks of social distancing, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role togetherness plays in our lives and how shared experiences define us

Wishing you a Passover full of new experiences to share as memories with those you love.

September 29, 2019

The seasonal "Blessing of Time" to “who gave us life, sustained us and enabled us to arrive at this moment” means a little more each year. Like a maturing wine, the words taste deeper, more complex, and more subtle as time passes. 

The past year has been a hard one for me and those closest to me because of decisions I made...

September 16, 2019

While researching issues of contemporary identity, I got interested in debates over "trigger warnings" at US universities. This article is the result.

June 9, 2019

Since at least the 9th Century, the Festival of Weeks (known in the Hebrew Bible as Shavuot and in the New Testament as Pentecost) has been described in Jewish liturgy as the "Time our Torah was Given." The reference is to Moses's acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai. According to the opening Mishna of Pirkei Avot, this act...

April 19, 2019

The festival of Passover (in Hebrew: פסח) derives its name from the image of God passing over the houses of the Israelites when smiting the Egyptians (Exodus 12:27). The root פסח appears infrequently in the Bible. When it does, it usually connotes skipping or hopping. Thus, one who limps is referred to as פיסח, because he hops...

October 9, 2018

Usually, at New Year, I write to friends and colleagues to share a thought and a wish for the coming year. This year, I couldn’t. I was lost for words. When this happens, I often seek comfort and direction in the words of others. This time, the text to which I turned was the opening paragraph of Charles Dickens’ (1859) A Tale...

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