“Bring the Joy of Judaism”

“You are not obligated to complete the work, nor are you free to desist from it.” These are the words from Pirkei Avot, 2:21, the Ethics of the Fathers, the section of the Mishnah that we are studying in our Tuesday classes this month. This powerful line serves as a reminder for me, when I…

“Don’t Turn Your Eyes”

  Twelve weeks ago, I stood at this bimah and delivered a sermon about why the current refugee crisis is not a Syrian refugee crisis, or a European refugee crisis, but instead, a humanitarian crisis. I wrote that sermon in response to the tragic picture of a toddler—two-year old Aylan Kurdi—whose dead body was found…

“That’s What We’ve Always Done”

Shabbat Shalom, It is wonderful to be back. This past Shabbat, I had the wonderful opportunity to take a break from my Rabbi role of leading services, and instead sit in the pews for a Shabbat service. Most remarkably, I sat among 5,000 other Jews and was one of thousands of Rabbis who had gathered…

Rabbi’s Corner – Monthly Newsletter – November 2015

Last week, I had the honor of meeting with Senator Millin-Young, who invited me to the legislature to discuss a resolution I wanted passed. The resolution would declare April in the Virgin Islands as Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month. Currently, only three U.S. states—Minnesota, California, and Texas—recognize April in this way. As such, should the…