Parshah Toldot: Hunger

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Hunger is a ferocious saboteur. Physical or emotional, hunger can push us to abandon our goals, crack our moral compasses, and lose sight of what truly matters. Our tradition posits two hungry forces within us, sometimes in conflict and intended to work together. The yetzer hara is our drive towards comfort, pleasure, and security, while […]

Rabbi Patrick’s Tattoos on Patheos.com

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I’m thrilled to announce that I will be blogging on Patheos, an interfaith website with a stellar Jewish section. Since my blog is titled, “The Tattooed Rabbi”, it would be appropriate that my first piece is on my experience as a rabbi with tattoos. There’s a lot I could have put in this piece, particularly […]

Pillar of Salt (Parshah Vayera)

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Recently, I was asked if I believe the people populating our Torah actually existed somewhere in primordial Jewish history. My honest response was that it doesn’t matter to me. It is not historical fact I seek from our sacred texts, rather I search constantly for moral clarity and current relevance. For this reason, I appreciate […]

Parshah Lech Lecha: Secret Sisterhood

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In legal terms, divorce is fairly straight-forward – a strict delineation of names, assets, and debts. But in practice and process, it is far less tidy. Several years ago, the end of my own marriage proved a severe and bottomless shattering. Suddenly, I discovered myself spun glass as I split into shards again and again. […]

A D’var Torah For Halloween

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And although I stopped dressing up (and for the most part, going out) on Halloween, I still get a thrill out of carving a pumpkin and laughing at the ridiculous oversexed costumes that are on the market these days. So what does Halloween have to do with Judaism? […]