Selected Posts

The Jewishness of the Long Distance Runner (October 25, 2006)

In a game attempt at film criticism, I attempt to argue that “Marathon Man” is a great Jewish movie.

JRC Construction Diary #1 (November 21, 2006)

The first of over thirty posts I wrote about the ongoing construction of JRC’s new synagogue facility. Read them from the beginning and watch the building spring up before your very eyes…

What Makes a Green Shul Green? (February 6, 2008)

Posted just as we completed the construction of our congregation’s new home. Contains an in-depth laundry list of the many environmentally sustainable features in our building, which would eventually attain a LEED Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council.

On Coffee and Coexistence (July 19, 2008 )

A post from the coffee plantation of JJ Keki in Uganda, founder of the Mirembe Kowamera interfaith fair trade coffee co-op. One of many I wrote while on a JRC congregational service trip to to Rwanda and Uganda during the summer of 2008. (See category “JRC Africa Trip 2008.”)

Understanding Iran, Facing Our Fears (October 10, 2008)

Text of a Yom Kippur sermon in which I announced to my congregation that I would soon be traveling to Iran on an interfaith peace delegation.

Home From Iran, Final Thoughts (December 9, 2008)

My final post from Iran. I blogged extensively about my experiences on this trip – see category “Iran Trip 2008” for the rest.

Outrage in Gaza: No More Apologies (December 28, 2008)

An emotional post that I wrote at the outset of Israel’s military assault in Gaza – an event that marked a critical turning point in my attitudes toward Israel.  It prompted the largest number of comments I’ve ever received. (See also my immediate follow-up, Israel and Gaza: In Search of a New Moral Calculus (12/30/08).)

Gaza: A Rabbinical Exchange (July 14, 2009)

Posted soon after I co-founded Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza with Rabbi Brian Walt. This was my reply to one of the many lively responses to our new initiative.

Gilad Shalit and the Sorrows of Tribalism (December 15, 2009)

More thoughts in response to the dust raised by my increasing Gaza activism.

Gaza One Year Later: Beyond the Complications (December 28, 2009)

A meditation on the one year anniversary of Israel’s military actions in Gaza – and a desire to move beyond the paralyzing “complications” of this tragic conflict.

Jewish Conscience, Jewish Shame (April 22, 2010)

Where I address the accusations that I am an “Israel-basher.” (I really love the comment thread on this one.)

2 Comments on “Selected Posts”

  1. Helena Kriel says:

    Hmmm, I wonder why there was a war in Gaza in the first place. I guess Israel just did nothing. Occupation? Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians as well as 3000 hot houses, concrete, electricity, but nothing really matters does it? Because the Palestinians are the underdogs. How pathetic that you have bought into Hamas PR, you should be ashamed of yourself… A rabbi. You should know better and think more clearly. Yes, dead women and children are a tragedy, so I wonder why they put their rockets and arms under hospitals, crèches…. And you buy into it.

  2. tony says:

    I read about the resignation so I went to this site. Thank you for your sanity.

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