Posted: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 23:00 | The New Normal

“Right is might” civilizations mistreat vulnerable people—slaves, strangers, widows, orphans and the poor. This week’s Torah portion obligates us to see to the material well-being of these disadvantaged groups. Equally important is the support we provide through empathy.

Posted: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 19:03 | The New Normal

In LOTEM, we guide groups of people with special needs in nature and after a year, I can say wholeheartedly that I have gained experience working with a wide range of populations. 

Posted: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:58 | The New Normal

After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and emerged victorious in the war against Amalek, Moses’ father-in-law Jethro joined them in the wilderness. Our Torah portion recounts how he was welcomed by the congregation:

“Aaron and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.” (Exodus 18, 12.) The commentator Rashi wonders “Where was Moses?” He concludes that Moses was occupied himself with serving the meal (rather than eating with Aaron, Jethro and the elders.) One can imagine that Moses also saw to the preparation of the meal.

Posted: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 13:25 | The New Normal

On the first day my kids went back to school after two weeks of vacation, they both wrote journal entries about what they did. Here's my journal entry.

Posted: Mon, 01/13/2014 - 16:36 | The New Normal

This past Saturday, I attended services designed for individuals with disabilities and their families to conclude Shabbat at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Posted: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 23:27 | The New Normal

When we are ill, we consult a doctor, obtain a diagnosis and adhere to his/her treatment plan. How, then, are we to understand a passage from this week’s Torah portion that portrays God as a Healer?