One great thing about going back to school is it presents an opportunity to return to routines, though I will allow that I’ve had only moderate success. My eating and sleeping habits may have deteriorated this past week. On the plus side, I’ve reaffirmed my commitment to writing weekly and, so far, I’m on a winning streak.
Here’s an excerpt of my post at the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning.com. I hope you’ll read the full reflection and share your reaction in the comments section. Let’s see if we can keep the Conversational Torah going through Rosh HaShanah:
Reasonable Risks: I spent the summer thinking about how to discuss risk-taking with teenagers. While teens generally have a reputation for taking unreasonable risks, my experience in teaching them is that many are anxious or risk-averse in a classroom setting. I empathize with these students, because Read more →
I’ve created this Passover Playlist for my children—who are understandably anxious and sad about leaving their childhood home of sixteen years—and there is a bonus song for my spouse. These are the songs I’ve been singing while they are at school and work and I am at home, spending my Spring Break packing boxes. Since the week ahead promises to be rough on all of us, let’s soothe our nerves with music:
“For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you…“
“It just takes some time…you’re in the middle of the ride…everything everything will be alright…“
“Though I know I’ll never lose affection for people and things that went before, I know I’ll often stop and think about them, in my life, I love you more.
“With all your faults I love you still, it had to be you, wonderful you…“
I’m at the Rabbis Without Borders blog this week, sharing some moments from our family seder and reflections on moving next week. Please visit and leave your comments at the website:
From Slavery to Freedom, From Grief to Joy: In ten days we will be surrounded by these same boxes in a different house. After nine months of preparation—purging our house of unnecessary stuff and packing the essentials for our journey—my family will leave our home of sixteen years. The timing of our move, immediately after Passover, inspired much discussion at our Seder about leaving behind the burdens of last year and…Read more →
I’m at the Rabbis Without Borders blog this week, sharing some things I’ve learned from friends and colleagues I meet at political protests and rallies. I hope you’ll visit and leave me your comments at the website. Here are a few lines to whet your appetite:
Showing Up: I remember asking, just before the photographer took the picture, “Should we smile, or look serious?” My rabbi quipped, “I only have one facial expression in photos.” I remember thinking, just after the photographer took the picture, “I’ll have to check Facebook when I get home to see if it’s the same as mine.” And when I did, Read more →
Shlepping Boxes: These are some pictures taken yesterday morning at the Capitol, where we delivered 75,000 letters from Georgia citizens opposing HB 757, the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, to Governor Deal. You can see more on Facebook, especially at the Georgia Equality and Georgia Unites Against Discrimination pages.