December 5th: Pick a Team, Any Team

This offseason, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani is coming to America to play baseball. En route to the MLB, he gets to choose which team he plays for, based on whatever factors he wants. Does he want a winning team? Does he want a big or small city? Does he like a particular coast? Because of…

November 29th: Sean Hannity Isn’t What Some Think He Is

The New York Times wrote a story this week on Sean Hannity, calling him one of America’s most influential TV personalities. The fact that Hannity even agreed to participate was shocking enough, considering the crusade he and his friend Donald Trump have undertaken against the “liberal” media. Within the story, though, was a line that…

November 27th: 45 NFTY Events

While driving home from Chicago for Thanksgiving, my fiancee and I played a fun little game, counting the number of NFTY events each of us had attended. Between our time as participants and staff members in the youth movement, we learned that I have been to 45 youth group events and she has been to…

November 20th: WITHOUT an Apple a Day

This weekend, I took my phone to the Apple Store to get a new battery. I didn’t realize it going in, but I was required to hand over my phone for a 90 minute procedure, only to come back and find that they hadn’t been able to get the old battery out, and that they…

November 16th: Going 12 Rounds or 1,500

As part of a safety presentation I experienced this week, a law enforcement agent gave harrowing details for what an active shooter situation can look like in a school or business. The details were frightening, but incredibly important to hear, as too much of our country is facing threats of violence without the proper preparation…

November 15th: Sharing the Love of Judaism

Over the past few days, I attended a conference discussing the journey of conversion to Judaism by those who choose to join the faith. We examined curricula for Introduction to Judaism courses, met with a panel of converts to learn about their experience, and worked with rabbis to learn their process for working with their…

November 8th: One Year Later

One year ago today, our country chose a direction. A nation watched as half of the country celebrated triumph and half mourned a devastating loss. One year ago, we went to bed knowing our country had picked a direction, but certainly not our destination. Now, I ask: how have we done? This isn’t a political…

November 7th: MLB Free Agent Predictions

The World Series is over, which means it is time for the Hot Stove to heat up! Here are my predictions for landing spots for the top free agents in the game: Yu Darvish – Dodgers The Dodgers almost won the World Series this month, and Darvish was one of the reasons they didn’t. That…

November 6th: Waiting for Terror

I’m embarrassed to say that, in the wake of yesterday’s shooting at a church in Texas, my first thought was not for the victims of yet another act of terror in this country. My first thought was to wonder if the person who walked into the church and killed over 20 people was white. The…

November 5th: Calm in a Storm

As I sit down to write this, a storm is raging in Cincinnati. The rain is hammering the roof above my head, and the rumble of thunder permeates the evening. I’m in my home. I’m not going anywhere. I’m safe and I’m dry. And, when all of those conditions are true, I’m struck by how…

November 2nd: Why Sports Matter

The world of sports is an enormous industry in this country, and is often chastised for being out of focus with reality. That’s a fair claim, at times, but whenever we get to the idea that sports don’t really matter, I slam on the breaks. Last night, we watched the Astros win the 2017 World…