April 1, 2020

Good morning.

Last Sunday I turned in my final exam for my MJTI class on Early Rabbinic Judaism. In it, we surveyed the early rabbinic writings like the Mishnah, the Talmuds, and the many midrashic compilations. For our final exam, I was given two paragraphs of a Midras...

January 28, 2020

I mentioned in my d'var Torah last week that Moses was criticized by our Sages for allowing himself to be called an "ish mitzri", an Egyptian. Another person referred to as an ish mitzri was the overseer whom Moses killed because he was beating a Hebrew slave....

January 14, 2020

Parashat Vayechi

So, I must begin by begging your indulgence. I am compelled to speak on a topic that has weighed heavily on my heart ever since Hanukkah. Hashem has blessed me with this opportunity to speak today and with a parashah that I could tie into my t...

October 27, 2019

Parasha Bereshit 5780

Good Shabbos.

Please raise your hand if you have a brother.                        Okay, lower your hands.

Now raise your hand if you do not have a br...

October 10, 2019

Yom Kippur 5780

A blackboard stood in a park in Brooklyn with the question: What is your biggest regret?

For an entire day, New Yorkers opened up about some of the deepest, most intimate parts of their lives. As the day went on, the blank board quickly filled.

“Not saying...

October 6, 2019

Shabbat Shuvah - 5780

So a woman returned home from an evening of church services.....

....when she was startled by an intruder robbing her house of its valuables.

She yelled "Stop! Acts 2:38!" (Which we all know is the verse that says, “Repent [Make Teshuvah] and be Bapt...