A Note to Clergy on Worries, Anxieties and Hurts

A Note to Clergy on Worries, Anxieties and Hurts

I have such a list of worries at this time! Race relations, the climate, abortion rights, Iranian nukes and Israel’s security. I am worried about Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and these worries are very real to me as I have so much family in Israel. I am...
Why You Need to Reconsider Death Penalty Now

Why You Need to Reconsider Death Penalty Now

The former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court was convinced to oppose the death penalty. This was more than 15 years ago and resulted from the efforts I and others carried out to educate people about why the death penalty was problematic, ineffective...
Out-of-the-Box Ways COVID-19 Helped Our Congregation

Out-of-the-Box Ways COVID-19 Helped Our Congregation

The pandemic has been extremely difficult for clergy as congregational leaders. We have had to rethink a lot of our preconceived notions and adapt to a significant new reality. From the beginning, I said I believed that when this is all over, we will have experienced...
Holiness Code Envisions Communal Justice

Holiness Code Envisions Communal Justice

How does one really live a holy life? That significant question is raised in Leviticus 19, known as “the Holiness Code.” The rabbis describe this chapter of the Pentateuch as “Rov Goofay Hatorah,” the essentials of the Torah. In many ways, this portion...