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Step by Step – Pesach to Shavuot 5777

One of the earliest lessons that the student of Torah learns is that there is no subject on which the Torah is silent. Even when we would like it to be silent. This Shabbat is the prime example. We open the text this week and find imagery that leaves us discomforted....

Own it! – Shmini 5777

I just had an awesome week. As Pesach ended, I boarded a plane to fly to Houston and meet my newborn granddaughter, Hazel, face to face. I was so excited that when I landed at 5am in Houston, I had my driver take me straight to the hospital. With an ear to ear grin...

Kashrut – Tamey and Tahor – Shmini 5775

This was my Bar Mitzvah parasha. Shmini, what a portion for a liberal, gulf coast living Reform Jew. What you can eat, what you can’t eat. Oy vey. Great story here …as I was boarding a flight to Europe on the way to Israel, the last words on my mother’s lips were …....