YouTube Is My Siddur (or, Why I Can’t Stand Prayer Books)

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By Rabbi Patrick For many years, I have struggled to find a siddur that reflects the poetry of my life. I have trouble finding a book that speaks with honesty about human life, about Jewish life, and at the same time understands that humanity is not a species that lives in the literal, but lives […]

What Should PunkTorah Do Next? YOU DECIDE! Post your thoughts below

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Over the past five years, we have done some amazing things. The core of our community is three websites: PunkTorah, OneShul and Darshan Yeshiva. These happened because of you. Really, you. There is no grand puppet master making all this happen. It’s your time. Your energy. Your enthusiasm. Your financial support. PunkTorah, OneShul and Darshan […]

What your kippah tells me about you

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What you wear is often a symbol of who you are as a person. So too is the kippah. Velvet? Clearly religious. Knit? Clearly Amalek (according to some unruly folks). The worst is if you wear the rayon skullcaps they give you in shul outside of a religious setting. It’s like wearing short pants and […]

I was diagnosed with a chronic illness and here’s what I learned

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Last December, I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. It’s basically Multiple Sclerosis, but without the publicity (bad joke, but it’s somewhat true). As a Jewish spiritual leader and as a patient with a chronic illness, I’ve learned a few things I’d like to share. It’s OK to feel bad You have earned the right to […]

5 Myths and Facts about the Darshan Yeshiva Online Conversion to Judaism Program

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I’ve decided to go old school by revamping the original PunkTorah vlog on YouTube. For my first video, I’d like to address the myths and facts about the Darshan Yeshiva online conversion to Judaism program. This video was taken while I was on my recent trip to Florida and was staying in a lavish extended […]