Making 2015 Better

I am just two weeks past the official time to make New Year's Resolutions and already so much has happened.Around the world there are terrorist attacks and genocides. There are hungry people and lost airplanes. There is political unrest and unwarranted injustice. There is trouble everywhere.And here I am wondering how to continue my conversion process and fit more Jewishness into my life.I wonder, how do I reconcile the absolute atrocities and violence around the world with my own … [Read more...]

The Charter for Compassion


One thing I love about the Jewish mindset is the lack of punishment-as-motivator. That is, we are to do things to make the world a better place, and to make ourselves better people. Not to avoid punishment or to gather "heavenly rewards".Tikkun Olam is the idea that our job is to "repair" creation. As if a mirror has shattered and it's our job to pick up all the pieces. The idea is that we have to literally DO something. The whole "I'll pray for you" isn't enough.While the below isn't a … [Read more...]