May 04, 2021
“If there is only one book you are going to read….” is not something I say often, and something I don’t think should ever be said about a topic as important and as complicated as the Holocaust. I will say though, that anyone who cares about the topic, or any questions of evil and how we respond to it, really must read Faris Cassell’s new, and already award-winning book, The Unanswered Letter. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Faris about her work, which had already been awarded first place in......
April 21, 2021
The “lost and found department” of the Talmud has a list of complex policies and procedures that can guide both the loser and the finder on proper behaviors surrounding this common and seemingly simple life occurrence. ...
April 14, 2021
At the very same time the trial against Derek Chauvin is unfolding in Minneapolis, another Black man, Daunte Wright, has been killed by a police officer in nearby Brooklyn Center. George Floyd, as is well known and viscerally horrifying, was killed by Chauvin as the now-former officer pressed down on his neck for nine and one-half minutes, ignoring pleas for mercy and for justice. The intention to use force was clear. The trial will determine if nine and a half minutes of application of such force can be equated to murderous intent......
April 12, 2021
Poetry can help us feel less alone....
A video where Brad Hirschfield lists the victims names in the recent Orlando shooting. Because first we need to internalize a tragedy before we jump to speak.