Open the Door!

The Bible proclaims: “There shall be one law for the citizen and for the stranger that dwells among you.” (Exodus 12:49)  Moreover, the Bible commands, no less than 36 times, “Love the stranger.” Many are the strangers who wish to make this great nation their home! And yet America remains divided.  There are those who wish [Read More…]

God’s Mirror

When does a child become self-aware? When a child first sees himself in a mirror he touches the mirror.  He does not know it is his reflection.  Later, around the age of two, when the child looks in the mirror she instead touches her face.  In that moment her self-identity begins to take shape.  The [Read More…]

9-11 and Making Holy War

The Bible’s Book of Deuteronomy, which Jews are in the midst of reading, details the laws about making war.  It is worth noting that although we might prefer to cling to the words of the prophets and their lofty visions of peace: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation” or “The wolf shall lie [Read More…]

Dancing with Intention

Noted sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild argues in her recent book The Outsourced Self that we seek professionals for more and more of our personal decisions.  She writes: As we outsource more of our private lives, we find it increasingly possible to outsource emotional attachment….  Focusing attention on the destination, we detach ourselves from the small [Read More…]

World Refugee Day

On Monday’s World Refugee Day 37 refugees became citizens at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.  They fled to this country from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Mauritania, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, and Vietnam.  There, in our nation’s capital, at the Holocaust Museum, [Read More…]

Orlando’s Fire

The world is on fire. And I feel the need to write.  All I can do is write. Yet our words feel so inadequate in the face of the massacre in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.  All responses appear to fall short. Every word misses the mark. 49 people were murdered.  We must be more specific in [Read More…]

The Real 400 Pound Gorilla in the Room

Let’s talk about the gorilla in the room. On this occasion I don’t mean this as a metaphor. I mean it quite literally. I am referring of course to the story of Harambe, the 400 pound gorilla who was shot and killed by Cincinnati zoo officials after a four year old managed to get into [Read More…]

Why Cycling? Why Faith!

Why cycling? There is nothing quite like riding on a perfect summer morning, along a beautiful stretch of road, most especially along the Long Island Sound’s shoreline.  The temperature is a comfortable 70 degrees.  The morning breeze offers a cooling balm.  On some mornings, the wind can be felt at your back, pushing you along [Read More…]