A Dvar Torah For Thanksgiving

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My favorite episode of King of the Hill is the Thanksgiving episode, where Bobby renounces the holiday in solidarity with John Red Corn, who teaches Bobby about the atrocities that happened to the indigenous people of the United States. Growing up … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Parsha Chayei Sarah: Choices Made (Gen 23:1 – 25:18)

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O.K. I’m going to keep this week’s Dvar short and sweet. Abraham and Sarah’s time comes to an end while the next generation gets its start with the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca. At the beginning of this week’s portion Sarah departs this world for … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]