img_0230Two years ago, I moved to New York City with a ton of excitement, curiosity, and ambition. I felt ready to begin my career after spending 22 years (with the exception of a semester in Washington DC and lots of summers at camp) in the Midwest. And while I had a pretty good feeling about this move, the past two years exceeded all my expectations in so many ways. And as I get ready to leave New York City (more on that at the bottom), I’m thinking back to all of the things that I’ve learned and loved by this awesome city! (more…)

The weather in NYC hasn’t been showing it, but it’s May and that means summer time should be around the corner! Check out my reads, watches, and listens for this month and comment with the content you’ve loved this month too!

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This sermon was originally delivered on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, NY as part of the Founders Day Celebration for Reform congregations in the Capital District.

Last month, I nervously made my way to The Liberty, a bar in downtown Manhattan. This wasn’t your typical happy hour or Saturday night fun with friends – I was going to The Liberty for Friday night Shabbat services. (more…)

On April 4, 1968, our country and world lost an incredible man: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since learning about him in elementary school, I’ve always been enthralled by Dr. King – his dedication to justice, yes; but also his commitment to faith and religion as a cornerstone of his work. And, from my understanding of Judaism as inherently tied to social justice, I’ve always created a connection between Dr. King and the biblical figure Moses. The comparisons are simply undeniable:

  • They rose from humble positions in their communities to immense leadership roles
  • Both were flawed leaders that needed a strong network of people working around them to succeed
  • Their most important work was during times of great oppression of their people
  • Both spoke their truths to power – whether it was the Pharaoh of Egypt of the Pharaoh of Alabama
  • And famously, both never fully reached that Promised Land

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Every few months there’s something else that millennials are destroying. First it was home ownership and cable TV, then our political system and religiosity, and now its casual restaurant chains and diamonds. It’s as if the entire millennial generation, the largest generation in the United States at more than 80 million people, holds regular meetings to decide the next industry or product to kill with a groundbreaking invention. It’s as if we hold no reverence for the “good ‘ole days”.

Except, have the older people who criticize the millennial generation in this way actually stopped to think about why we’re destroying all these aspects of American society? Millennials don’t set out with our shiny new diplomas, quickly changing careers, and mountains of student debt so that we can change our society and world for the fun of it. We kill industries and products and start new ones because so many parts of our society are broken and don’t work for us, let alone the rest of society. And often, it takes a new and fresh perspective to see just how broken parts of our world are right now.

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