We Were Strangers. Thus, We Can’t Be Silent

The following is a sermon delivered at Temple Oheb Shalom in Sandusky, Ohio.   This weekend, we conclude our celebration of Passover, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the liberation of our people oh so long ago. As we put the finishing touches on this year’s experience of Pesach, I want to take a minute…

March 20th: What Do We Do When Our Tradition And Our Values No Longer Match?

During my community organizing course last week, I met a Methodist Pastor named David Meredith. He spoke on a panel of faith leaders discussing their activism within their congregations that they serve. He spoke beautifully about his calling to social justice, and his desire to use his pulpit as a mouthpiece for helping others. Two…

February 14th: Comic Books As Social Change

In the 1930s, it was nearly impossible for Jews to get jobs in the entertainment industry (or any industry, for that matter). Nobody wanted to hire someone who was such a cultural “other”. As a result, talented and passionate Jews had to go out and figure out how to break into the industry on their…

February 9th: Between Politics and Sport

The Winter Olympics begin this week, as the global community joins together in South Korea to celebrate the unifying joy of sports. More so than in past years, this Olympics puts into sharp relief the politics going on between the nations present and the goals for the competition as a whole. At a time when…

January 23rd: 1984 Is Just Around the Corner

In 1949, George Orwell wrote his idea of a dystopian society, constructed around an all-knowing and oppressive society. His book, 1984, has remained a classic for nearly 70 years. What we didn’t know at the time was just how timely it would end up being today. This winter, my brother, father, and I decided to…

January 2nd: Journalism Is Here to Stay

For the past ten years, or so, adults have been predicting the demise of journalism with comments to college students sounding something like: “Why would you want a degree in a dying industry?” On some level, it is true. Newspapers all across the country have been struggling to sell their product, and the internet has…