Published Writing


Choosing Faith

Published by Beliefnet. 2017. Exploring living with authentic faith.


Sitting With the Unknown: Continual Revelation of the Not-Yet Revealed

How can we stay open to the continual revelation of the not-yet-revealed? And how is sitting with the unknown an invitation to welcome the Divine presence? Published by RAVBLOG: Reform Rabbis Speak. 2016

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JT News, May 2014. Check out page 5 for three different Hebrew words which all capture the meaning of "transition."

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Revelation's Relevance

JT News, June 2011. Check out page 3 for a modern take on the revelation of Torah.

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Judaism on Two Wheels

JT News, April 2010. Check out page 11 for press on a Seattle cyclists leadership on a Jewish environmental bike ride.

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The Rainy Season

JT News, November 2009. Check out page 3 as I consider the rainy season a time of flexibility, where a lack might be transformed into a gain and a vulnerability considered a source of blessing.


A Covenant of Action

Published by My Jewish Learning and American Jewish World Service. 2008. Judaism emphasizes deed, not creed.

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Who Are You? And What Are You Doing Here?

A wrong turn leads Rabbi Akivah to a Roman fortress and a series of soul-stirring questions. Yom Kippur words at shared Judaism Your Way's morning service...what does it mean to return to our hearts?

Delivered on Yom Kippur 2017/5778.


Temple Beth Or Farewell Sermon

My heart and soul are forever touched by the generosity, compassion, humor, integrity, respect, and light of Temple Beth Or.

It is not easy to leave a place when things are good, when there is so much shared love and deep respect and connection. Sometimes when good things come to an end, they end precisely because they were good.

Read my farewell sermon here.

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Forgiving ourselves frees our energies to tell a new story of who we are. If the Divine exercises ultimate compassion, how can we aspire to less?

Delivered on Rosh Hashana 2016/5777.


Struggling with Mental Illness

A Jewish response to those who suffer and those who caretake.

Delivered on Kol Nidre 2016/5777.


Gun Control

How do we address gun violence from a Jewish perspective?

Delivered on Shabbat Shuvah 2016/5777.

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Yitro’s Invitation

How do we construct our lives to implement our values? How do we strive toward equilibrium?

Delivered on Rosh Hashana 2015/5775


An Imitation of Death Through the Power of Vulnerability

God does not desire perfection, just our authenticity and striving.

Delivered on Kol Nidre 2012/5772