Articles and Talks

Terumah 5779

February 2019

This drash was delivered at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. Parashat Terumah 5779 4 Adar Rishon, 5779 Shabbat shalom! It is a real honor and privilege to be with you all today on this Shabbat in which we lift up, honor and celebrate Jews with disabilities and all that we bring to our sacred […]

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Reflections on the Spiritual Practice of Hitbodedut

February 2019

This reflection was written in 5777/2017. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Section 25 of Likutey Moharan on Hitbodedut A person should set aside a set time daily to speak with God freely in their vernacular, instructs Rabbi Nachman of Breslov to his students and disciples. This daily practice, an addition to thrice-daily liturgical prayer is known […]

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Divrei HaTefillah: Baal Shem Tov, selection from section Peh Chet of Amud HaTefillah

This was written in 5777 and is intended for use as a kavvannah or meditation before Pesukei Dezimra, verses of praise, on a Shabbat or chag morning. Before we begin our davening this morning with Pesukei DeZimra or psalms of praise, I want to offer a brief kavannah or intention for our prayers. Many do […]

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Mishpatim 5779

This commentary was written for the Avodah Jewish Service Corps in 5779/2019. Mishpatim, our Torah portion for this week, consists of a series of miscelaneous laws covering a wide array of subject matter, everything from the laws of owning slaves (an incredibly important conversation to dig into though that is not our area for this […]

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