BLOG | January 31, 2012
While winter may not seem like the most obvious time to appreciate the abundance that comes forth from our land, I find myself particularly attuned to the rewards that can be gleaned through proper planning and partnership with the land.
BLOG | January 18, 2012
How do you ritualize service on Martin Luther King Day and every day? Learn more about what Fran does and then add your own thoughts to this conversation.
BLOG | January 11, 2012
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said "no one is free until we are all free." This idea, profound in its simplicity, finds company among famous aphorisms in the Jewish textual tradition—the biblical command to "love your neighbor as yourself," and Hillel the Elder's famous principle, "that which is hateful to you do not do to your neighbors.”
BLOG | January 4, 2012
The Hebrew word for service,"avodah," is the same word we use for both work and worship. This is not an accident.
BLOG | December 23, 2011
When I think about Hanukkah, the theme that resonates most deeply is that of translation. As a child, I wholeheartedly bought into the idea that Hanukkah was a sort of Jewish Christmas… and not just because of the presents.
BLOG | December 20, 2011
Happiness. We all want and seek it and yet this elusive emotion is so difficult to attain—and even more difficult to sustain.
BLOG | December 8, 2011
The legends we pass on to our children teach us about the possibility of miracles all around us—each and every day.
BLOG | November 30, 2011
At this time of year, I like to be outside while the sun sets. When the days are short, there is something especially lovely about witnessing light fade.
BLOG | November 17, 2011
During the first days of November, I begin to travel into my “Thanksgiving mode.” Before I ever dreamt about becoming a rabbi, this meant trying to transform the day into something more for my family. Thanksgiving was the one American holiday that made sense to me—even as a person who generally resisted thinking about the ways that life had been fulfilling.