Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue

It has been a sad and tough week for our congregation. At least two of our own have lost their jobs. Three have lost their lives, a number of people are critically ill. I know our hearts and prayers are directed to these families. It seems that in communities, deaths tend to cluster together.

Masks that Conceal, Masks that Reveal

This past week, we rented Jim Carrey's 1994 odd-ball superhero movie, The Mask, for Amitai to watch. Listening to your kid belly laugh in fits of hysterics is surely one of the most joyous sounds any parent can hear. Thank you, Jim Carrey. Your sense of physical comedy was unique.

Finding Common Ground by Mastering Our Fears

Yesterday I had the privilege of addressing the state Senate and offering some non-sectarian words of prayer before the floor session began. Let me publicly thank my friend and Neveh member, Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward for inviting me to give that invocation. It was also my first time in Salem, and I was grateful to explore our state capitol building a bit.

Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof: Justice You Shall Pursure

This past week one of our most influential legal minds vanished from the scene. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's legacy, however, seems poised to endure. His theory of constitutional originalism (we determine what the Constitution means based on the Framers' original intentions in composing a section of the Constitution), and the more circumspect and modest role for the judiciary that results from this vantage point, has been tremendously impactful.