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Divrei Derech · 3M ago

When is enough enough?

My continued wrestlings… The conservative talk radio host asked me whether I thought the local Islamic community needed to speak out against the troubling statement made by the Imam in Davis...
Divrei Derech · 3M ago

To Talk or Not To Talk...

This was a tough decision. I got a call from a local talk radio producer here in Fresno. Okay, to be specific, it was Conservative talk radio. The producer had called me some time ago and ha...
Divrei Derech · 11M ago

It's time to speak out

I really did not expect to see this in my lifetime... the actual need to combat steps that could lead to internments. Over the years, I've seen the words of Martin Niemöller, the Protestant ...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

A Beautiful Sukkot Convergence

I think it was 2005 when Parky, my favorite renaissance man, asked if I would be interested in doing an evening of Port Wine & Chocolate in the sukkah. I don’t remember if he knew how deeply...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

Words from Yom Kippur

The Sukkah has gone up at the temple, thanks to a bunch of great volunteers and we will soon fill it with activity... Wednesday night - Chinese food fundraiser for the religious school, Frid...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

Mitzvah Messages for the New Year

This has been one of the more challenging High Holy Day cycles. Many of us would love to speak out about political issues but we greatly respect the role of non-profit organizations and our ...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

For someone who doesn't like community organizing...

For someone who doesn’t like community organizing, I seem to have gotten myself significantly involved in community organizing. I’m pretty much all in at this point. Before getting involved ...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

Avierah Goreret Aveirah

This is a follow up to my last post, Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah. Those who know the rabbinic passage from Pirkei Avot (or the camp song version of it) will recognize the second line as well… Av...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah... One Mitzvah Leads to Another

I was away this weekend… …so I couldn’t make it to the various BlackLivesMatters gatherings in town. My colleagues did some great work and our local police worked hard to support the demonst...
Divrei Derech · 1Y ago

Back at Camp

We’ve been involved in the Jewish summer camp world for a long time. It’s a powerful experience every summer with unique highlights each time. This summer we’ve reached a new pinnacle. Our b...