Parasha: Bo

The Rituals of Democracy

(Written for Shabbat Bo, January 22, 2021, and originally published at The Times of Israel as “The Rituals of American Democracy” Used with kind permission.) Wednesday morning, I settled in to watch the inaugural events unfold. I was filled with anticipation and relief that the last four years were over,

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A Plague of Darkness

There is a plague of darkness that has fallen not only on our land but upon the world. Actually, there are many plagues — just as in Egypt they seem to come in groups even though just one plague would be more than enough — dayyenu. The coronavirus is certainly

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What Is True In This Moment

This d’var Torah was written during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Passover 2020 approached. While the specific circumstances have changed since its writing, the spiritual insights remain deeply relevant. There are many things these days that can lead us to fear and anxiety. We may be worried

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Responsibility and the Hardened Heart

“How do you know when you have really grown up?” I remember being asked that question one evening by one of my 10th grade Confirmation students, and how it produced one of the most thoughtful and reflective discussions we had that entire year. Most of the students (all 15-year-olds), one

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