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If Not Now, Later Is Okay Too

Walter, an orange tabby cat, lies on his side on a towel on futon sofa, in front of throw pillows.

Two months since the October 7th massacre, many Jews feel torn between a need for self-care and urgings by some to continue the work of social justice.

Hebreo Rizado

Sometimes when you’re ‘Jewish and’ you just have to lead with the ‘and.’ I’m a Hispanic Jew who’s taking off his kippah.

Off with the Show

I will never understand why Reform synagogues can become so aggressively ambivalent about leading their congregations into Shabbat.

My Rabbi and Katharine Hepburn

A mensch simply being themselves is perhaps the greatest Jewish lesson of all.

The Anger and Emanuel

How do you apologize to an entire synagogue? With love. On Emanuel Congregation and the teshuvah I’ve owed for a long, long time.

Fear No (One Else’s) Holiday

If Halloween makes you fear for your Judaism, your problem isn’t Halloween.

Please Don’t “Shalom” Your Supermarket Jew

I love being stalked by strangers eager to say hi to me in a foreign language because of my religion. Said no one, anywhere, ever.

The Casual Bigotry of Facebook Messenger

Or, why is there a Christian Easter egg in the user interface of this Jew’s Facebook Messenger app this weekend?

The Point of Life Is Each Other

The same people who doubt their stories have meaning are often the people whose stories help heal the world.

Would Obama Give an Address on Terrorism on Christmas Eve?

A presidential address on terrorism would never happen on Christmas Eve. So why did one happen in the middle of the first evening of Chanukah?