December 07, 2016

Vayetze – God is in that place too

Shalom chaverim— This week’s Torah Portion is “Vayetze” which details the story of Jacob’s hasty departure from his parental homestead. He basically creates a situation with his family that forces him to skedaddle, and the first...


November 30, 2016

Tshuvah – from ignorant surety to brilliant doubt

Shalom chaverim— This week’s Torah portion is Toldot—it basically describes the fertility struggles of Isaac and Rebecca, the eventual birth of their twin boys, Jacob and Esau and their clumsy family life. In some ways...


November 09, 2016

Lech L’cha /go to yourself in these difficult times

Shalom chaverim— Yesterday the United States of America voted in President Donald J. Trump. Most of the people I know are utterly despondent about this fact.  Honestly, I’m not all that surprised.  Miserable, yes, but not...


November 02, 2016

Design sustenance and community happens

Shalom chaverim— I just returned from a few days of canvassing in Reno for Get Out The Vote.  It also happened to be my mom’s 16th yahrtzeit.  My mom was a radical, lefty, anarchist, freedom...


October 26, 2016

The Crash

Shalom chaverim— I’m just coming back to earth from a rousing Simchat Torah mulit-verse celebration last night and a day of teaching and learning with the fellows at Urban Adamah today. My passion for Torah—with...


October 18, 2016

Ufros Aleinu Sukkat shalom

Shalom Chaverim— Yay!! Sukkot is here, our season of cool, Jewish, backyard fort life.  I love that a sukkah isn’t kosher unless it is flimsy, temporary and has a roof holey enough that you can...


October 14, 2016

Maggid’s musings: The week Shabbat Ha’azinu

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim, This week’s Torah portion, Ha’azinu, is the penultimate parasha in our annual reading cycle. It marks an extraordinary transformation in Moses—a shift that is signaled even in the way the text is...


October 09, 2016

The Black Moon of Beginning

(This is the text from a drash Maggid Jhos delivered at our Rosh Hashanah service, Tuesday October 2nd 2016) Our community has suffered many losses this year. I dedicate my teaching tonight to you whose lives and families...


July 22, 2016

Middah of the month – August – Yirah

The experience of awe so profound that it can be accompanied by a kind of fear. This is sometimes felt as a shift in foreground/background, or a shift in a sense of scale. “An inward,...