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The musings of a rabbinical student, sociologist, personal trainer, weight lifter, food activist, vegan, queer, wannabe musician and there is still more.

My Father was a wandering Amramean

I gave this Dvar on September 13, 2014 

In Parshat Ki Tavo we envision a time when the Israelites are living in the Promised Land and are experiencing the blessings of prosperity that they could only dream of during 40 years of wandering in the desert. Moses instructs them how to appreciate and celebrate their bountiful harvest. He tells them to be thankful. He tells them to take some of every…

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There Shall Be No Needy

This is a dvar I gave for Parsha Re’eh on August 16 2014

In this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, we read in Deuteronomy 15: “There shall be no needy among you…then in a few verses later it reads– If, however, there is a needy person among you, one of your kingsmen in any of your settlements in the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your…

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Watch: Fort Worth Police Make Recruiting Video Starring Gay Officer

First of all I’m conflicted about this video. On one hand I think it’s great that Fort Worth is making videos of diversty within it’s police force, but let’s be real. This is a very privilege white guy that can pass and he admits it, by stating that it is no one’s business. I don’t like that he assumed that another guy was not discriminated against because he could not pass. It’s a step, a step in the right direction.

Redskins Hit Back: Why They Refuse To Change Their Name.

The difference between now and 1999, is that the culture has shifted and football fans are telling the Redskins that the name is unacceptable. http://thefreedompress.com/redskins-hit-back-theyre-confident-ruling-wont-stand/

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Man, Sin and Redemption

Sin

This presentation, God, People, Sin, and Redemption focuses on the Rabbis of the Rabbinic Era, and their conceptions of human beings, sin, repentance and redemption. I made this presentation for my Rabbinic Core class and my intent of this presentation is to show in a very simple and visually appealing way how the Rabbis of the Rabbinic era viewed the relationship between humans and God…

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Counting The Omer Day 49: Nobility in Leadership

Counting The Omer Day 49: Nobility in Leadership

Today is the 49th day of Counting the Omer, seven weeks of counting, and today is the last day and tonight we celebrate Shavuot. Shavuot marks the arrival of the Israelites at Mt. Sinai Tonight, seven weeks after their exodus from Egypt and they arrive at Mt. Sinai and receive the Torah from God.

I hope we all take the time to give thanks. Give thanks for being you. Take the time to appreciate…

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Happy Pride Month!!

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