Holding On or Letting Go

Holding On or Letting Go

In 1963, the front door – meaning, the screen door – of my home rarely closed completely. We never had to use the handle because a push anywhere would cause the door to open. In colder months, the screen was…

Jewish Learning Might Save Israel and the World!

Jewish Learning Might Save Israel and the World!

London has a new mayor. He’s a husband and a father, the son of a bus driver, and a Muslim. His name is Sadiq Khan. I’m pretty sure that “Sadiq” is related to “tzedek,” the Hebrew word for “justice.” Before becoming…

On LGBT Pride Month

On LGBT Pride Month

I was invited to write this piece of ReformJudaism.org where it was published on June 19, 2015. I hope you find it worthwhile reading. Billy I did not know that June is LGBT Pride Month. I’m not gay, which may…

When “That Moment” Arrives

When “That Moment” Arrives

Courage: the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous. Hero: a person who is admired for courageous action. The fire in a small warehouse had been burning for hours. The little community had no means of…

Of Rockets and Screaming Children

Of Rockets and Screaming Children

Note: I wrote this as the violence began escalating between Israel and Gaza. While events in the Middle East are dominating the news cycle, I didn’t want to abandon my excitement for speaking about camp and science and Jewish life. Nevertheless,…

Jewish and American ... Couldn’t Be More Honored

Jewish and American … Couldn’t Be More Honored

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I was six years old at the time of his death and while, unlike many Americans, I do not remember where I was when I learned about…

Partners Across Time: Woody Guthrie and Malala Yousufzai

Partners Across Time: Woody Guthrie and Malala Yousufzai

When I was a little kid, growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, I remember that at Bond Hill Elementary School, in music class with Mrs. Bachs, we used to sing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” I’m afraid that, behind…