After a divisive and explosive process, President Donald Trump became the fourth president in a row to lose one or more houses of the United States Congress to the opposing party in the midterm elections. At this time, Democrats have gained 35 U.S. House of Representatives seats and almost 1…

As a chaplain, I have the immense blessing of hearing people reflect upon their lives and share with me what insights have shaped them. Again and again, my breath is taken away by the resilience, wisdom, and creativity of our community. Very often I hear stories that revolve around a life-ch…

Like all of you who heard the news, I was shocked by yesterday's horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where innocent community members who wanted to enjoy a peaceful Shabbat and celebrate a Jewish baby's birth were senselessly injured and murdered. Where heroic police officers who s…

As a Jew and as an American, I am saddened and angry that 11 people attending Shabbat services at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh were murdered.  The loss is incalculable, as is the fear.  The murderer also injured others, including several police officers who courageously risked the…

When gunman Robert Bowers fired on the Tree of Life congregation late last month, he shook the whole tree, from the roots in Pittsburgh to the branches of Jewish communities across the world. At Washington University, Bowers struck close to the root—several Wash U. students are members of Tr…

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