First Person

04/12/2016 - 12:21 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

As a rabbi, I’m not usually invited on honeymoon vacations. But in February, I had the opportunity to serve as a Jewish educator for New York City’s first Honeymoon Israel trip. The trip operates in cities around the country, offering couples with at least one Jewish partner a highly subsidized and immersive trip to Israel.

03/08/2016 - 12:08 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

In a few weeks I will marry my fiancé Brenda and adopt her 4-year-old daughter, Marta. I will also attach myself to a new country.

02/16/2016 - 12:47 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Last year I journeyed to the precipice of death. It was a horrible trip, ending in the loss of my sister-in-law, Ali.

01/19/2016 - 12:09 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Last spring, I consented to a surgical face-off with a medical condition that had left me with no other options. Still, it had taken serious convincing for me to overlook the risks and pin my hopes on the procedure’s life-changing potential.

01/05/2016 - 13:55 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

My tefillin-zekl — the small velvet sack in which I store my phylacteries — tells me a story early every morning, when I open it in preparation for davening. 

12/22/2015 - 10:14 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

On Thanksgiving I was reunited with a Vietnamese family with whom I had no contact for more than 30 years. It was a heartwarming reunion and a poignant reminder that aiding immigrants and refugees is not only a matter of advocating enlightened policy, but also should be seen as a personal responsibility — and a wonderful opportunity.