From “To Do” to “Done” – Parshat Vayikra 5779

I just returned from D.C. for the culmination of my advocacy fellowship, and this week's parshah really spoke to my apprehensiveness about this adventure. In essence, we learn that we are responsible not only for the things we do wrong, but for the things we should have done, but neglected. Our Torah reminds us that when we have the ability to make a change in ourselves or the world, we must take that action.

Beginnings and Endings – Parshat Pekudei 5779

Beginning and endings. Sometimes they mirror each other and all seven days are hectic; other times the week begins in a roar and ends with peacefulness. As we end the Book of Exodus, the Israelite nation is strong, vibrant, and prepared. There will be chaos ahead, but under the guidance of God and leadership from the community, they will go from strength to strength.

This Old Mishkan – Parshat Vayakhel 5779

While undergoing a house remodel a year ago, I found myself enthralled with the way things were taken apart and put back together. As we read Parshat Vayakhel, we are reminded that just as there are so many little bits and pieces that go into creating a structure, there are so many different individual people that go into creating the Jewish people.

Give it a Rest – Parshat Ki Tissa 5779

One of the best parts of the week for me is the moment when we settle into our Shabbat routine. Like taking a sip of a nice cold beverage on a hot day, Shabbat is that time that refreshes our soul and our relationships so we can get back to doing all the work that makes our lives run. Here’s to a thorough and meaningful rest.

You Are What You Wear – Parshat Tetzaveh 5779

We’ve all had those moments that make you either exceedingly proud or exceedingly sad. As a parent, the proud moments are when my children show compassion to others and use the words and actions we’ve tried to teach them since the day of their birth.

Just Because – Parshat Terumah 5779

We’ve all had those moments that make you either exceedingly proud or exceedingly sad. As a parent, the proud moments are when my children show compassion to others and use the words and actions we’ve tried to teach them since the day of their birth.

Always Watching – Parshat Yitro 5779

We’ve all had those moments that make you either exceedingly proud or exceedingly sad. As a parent, the proud moments are when my children show compassion to others and use the words and actions we’ve tried to teach them since the day of their birth.