A short essay I wrote about America’s ongoing wave of right wing book bans through the prism of Passover was published today at Daily Beast. I am extra proud of this one, if you don’t mind my sharing. Check it out! https://www.thedailybeast.com/passover-reminds-us-to-defend-the-freedom-to-read-books
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5.26.2022 ACT: Moving Towards Wholeness
I was invited to frame “The Story of How We Got Here” at ACT’s recent gathering to show solidarity and support for survivors of sexual assault, misconduct, and abuse in the halls and spaces of Reform Jewish life. Folks have been asking for me to publish my remarks, so I’m putting them here.
We Must Not Yield To Whataboutism
A question I used to ask my coworkers at URJ Camp Harlam: Is the purpose of camp to show the campers a world as it could be, or to prepare them for the world as it is? One despicable answer seems to have been unfolding at Camp Ramah Berkshires over the past few years.
“LA Affairs” Column in Los Angeles Times
An essay I wrote about my unconventional current living arrangement and its impact on my dating life was published on April Fools’ Day in the LA Affairs column of the Los Angeles Times. It was not a joke. I hope you read and enjoy!
Essay in New Voices
I wrote an essay about toxic masculinity in the progressive religious community to which I belong. I encourage you to check it out over at New Voices
Note: Sorry, Bari
It takes a certain type of insidiously selective ahistoricism to understand—to feel viscerally—the impact that centuries- and millennia-old events continue to visit on Jews living today and at the same time deny that the events of 400 years of American history continue to impact the lives of today’s Black Americans.
Alma: A Jewish Response to Trump’s Covid Diagnosis?
An essay I wrote about Jewish responses to Trump’s COVID diagnosis was published today at Alma. Check it out.
5781 Tashlich Source Sheet
I created this source sheet for tashlich. I hope it creates space for reflection and meaningful contemplation:
New work published at New Voices
My essay about the summers I spent working at camp was published today by New Voices
Note: Thoughts on Parkland (and Pittsburgh)
Then came Pittsburgh and over the past few days I’ve kept expecting myself to feel something strongly like pain or anger or grief. But instead what I feel most powerfully is resignation–mixed with a sort of Jewish inevitability that feels like I’m being presented with corroborating evidence–and I fear that I am growing cynical. This essay was written eight months ago, and I’m sharing it now before the time comes when I return to it after another mass shooting somewhere in the public square of America and I am so worn down that it makes me feel nothing at all.