To really understand Walter White, we have to go back as far as the pilot episode and maybe even a little bit more.
Here it was that I kept mouthing "sit still" to my son, and "pay attention honey" to my daughter, when Rabbi Mo, as he is fondly known, begins to tell an animated tale about smelly potatoes. This gets everybody's attention. Smelly potatoes. On Yom Kippur... a day of fasting?
For more than a week, we continue to celebrate one holiday after another, each with its own set of rituals, songs, and customs. Exhausted by the holy days already behind us, and living in a culture that distrusts ritual in the first place, what can this frenetic activity mean to us?
The Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills has an unusual mission - to promote the spirit and teachings of Judaism through music, art, drama, dance and f...
Taking one day a year to remove ourselves from the world in order to undertake deep reflection is a very good thing. Continuing that reflection on a daily basis is even better.
A few years back, during my Logo TV days, I was asked to be Grand Marshal of Orlando Pride. This was a huge honor for me. However, that year torrential rain forced Pride to be moved a month later -- smack dab on Yom Kippur. Oy vey!
On Yom Kippur, our day of renewal, our tradition provides us with stage directions and a powerful script. The day is further enriched by the improvisational theater that we provide ourselves.
An underwater Jewish wedding, with both bride and groom in scuba gear?
Rabbis all over the world work hard to make sure that their High Holy Days sermons are uniquely theirs and that they project their unique rabbinic voice to their community.
In the Torah, we are first introduced to the term Hineni when we read about Akedat Yitzchak, the Binding of Isaac, in Chapter 22 of Genesis. When God calls out to Abraham, prior to commanding him to sacrifice his son, Abraham responds, "Hineni."
Imagine a time in the past year that you acted unskillfully. Allow yourself to feel that weight of responsibility. Think to yourself, "if I in any way was a cause of suffering, whether consciously or unconsciously, I ask for forgiveness."
It didn't matter that I confused Shavuot with Sukkot or had epically bad Hebrew pronunciation or even that I didn't know if I could give up Christmas carols, I could bake a first-rate challah. The rest would work itself out.
The NY Times cover "news" story today about making Bar and Bat Mitzvahs more relevant needs a look at this little Fashion Week and High Holiday video ...
Whether there is war or not, I am asked to speak at interfaith gatherings about the meaning of these days, to be both academic and personal, to be an inspirational teacher and a storyteller of personal and family experiences. How can I do all that with a backdrop of impending war?
I believe in the power of brisket. I believe that when I combine sour cream, eggs, cottage cheese and noodles into a kugel, I honor my grandmother.
Where can God be found? Wherever we let Him in. Wishing everyone a sweet, happy and healthy new year!