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 […]

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? […]

Repenting For My Social Media Sins

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This is a very personal post, that in no way reflects how PunkTorah or any of its websites has been ran. There is some debate about whether or not our sins should be publicly accounted for on Yom Kippur. We sing Ashamnu and Al Chet on Yom Kippur as a kind of catch-all for sins […]

YouTube Video Siddur: Coming Soon? Coming Never?

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Several years ago, a few of us here at PunkTorah bounced around the idea of a video siddur. Jeremiah, aka @circlepitbimah, was one of them. The idea is pretty simple: a series of YouTube videos that played each portion of a siddur. Instead of opening a book, you would pop a DVD in (or go to a […]

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 […]