The Millennials Will Keep The Fire Lit

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. Continue reading

Remembering Our Modern Day Moses

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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My Biggest Pet Peeve On How Other Generations Talk About Millennials

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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5 Podcasts That Combine Politics & Storytelling In A Real Way

Who doesn’t love a great story? With the podcast industry exploding right now, there are so many different storytelling and political podcasts out there it can be hard to find ones that you’ll love. But there’s also a growing genre of podcasts that use storytelling as a real and authentic way of understanding and grappling with the enormous political issues in our country and world right now. They’re more than podcasts retelling historical or political events; they’re bringing real-life people into the mix and making them the center. Whether it’s talking with the most vulnerable in our society, retracing historical tragedies, or examining the stories behind our laws, these podcasts excel in making the political and personal one in the same.

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Getting To The Promised Land

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has always been one of those figures in my life that I have looked up to. Of course his vision and leadership for a more just world is powerful, but I’ve also connected with his social justice work stemming from his faith. That his drive and dedication to correcting the injustices in our society and the world were about living up to his wider purpose on this earth. He spoke like a preacher, used the literal words and ideas of Scripture to paint a picture of justice and freedom, and taught us to have faith that we would overcome oppression and hatred.

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