That moment sitting with teens when I exclaimed, "WTF!"
I was anxious about going to summer camp.
A Spoken Word Poem about the pain some love with and through
Birthday wisdom from my 80 Year Old mother
Spoken word poetry seeking to find sanity during the tensions at the Gaza border.
In a land that oozes holiness, watching my wife Michelle, a long distance lover of Israel, rediscover the Holy Land has been fascinating.
Celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday on an airplane to Israel and thinking about this spiritual ascension.
When Cutting One’s Hair for Chemo: A Prayer/Blessing/Drash/Spoken Word Rap
The Parent-Teen Mental Health and Wellness Summit realized a dream: to transform our synagogue, Congregation Or Ami (Calabasas), into a truly safe place for teens, their unique emotional journeys, and the parents who love but are unsure of how to protect them.
Why did Congregation Or Ami focus our energies on creating a mental health and wellness retreat? Because today's teens are particularly stressed out, overwhelmed by anxiety, buffetted by the emotional turmoil engendered by social media. They crave support and relief.
Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Joshua Aaronson have engaged in a spirited rivalry over Super Bowl LII between the Patriots and the Eagles. Winning Rabbi gets bragging rights, and delicious delicacies for their synagogue's oneg, and the loser donates tzedakah to URJ Camp Newman's #NewmanStrong fund.
Adulthood arrives later than when we were kids. When young people take more real responsibility not only for their own lives, but also for those around them, and for their community, country and world, they begin to manifest a level of maturity that evidences approaching adulthood.
Devoted, history-holding, once-in-a-blue-moon-visiting friends are a transcendent gift from God.
I sent this text to my children, on Inauguration Day - 1/20/17
A group of men gathered at Congregation Or Ami's Men's Night Out, and took up Dr. King's challenge. We asked "What are our responsibilities as men to our community, our country and or world?"