Year: 2017

The Secret to Unity: Sweat

The Secret to Unity: Sweat Anyone who knows me even a little knows I’m a tad obsessed with Mixed Martial Arts. There are so many aspects to this incredible sport that I love, one of which is how level the playing field is. People compete from all over the world. Black and white people hold […]

Is College Useful Anymore?

Is College Useful Anymore? Really off the beaten path with my posts, but this is just a topic I’ve been thinking about a ton lately. How can I not? I’ve got two degrees, a job that has nothing to do with either of them, and four kids who will one day enter the work force. […]

Jerusalem is Great… but What’s Different??

Jerusalem, What’s Different? It’s a unique perspective to live in a city, then leave for eleven years and come back to see what’s different. Many watched changes evolve slowly, to the point where they may not even feel that something’s changed. Whereas others came long after I left and never saw it any other way. […]

Israel: Five Things I’ve Learned So Far

Israel: What I’ve Learned So Far So I’ve been here for a year now. It’s been crazy. Lots of ups, lots of downs. I can say for certain I have way more to learn, but I can also say I’ve figured out a few things along the way. I’ve now lived in Israel for a […]

The Aggressive “Me Too” Parsha: Vayishlach

Me Too: Am I Even Allowed To Talk About This? It’s an odd sensation, clicking your fingers on the keyboard, not wanting to upset anyone but knowing it’s inevitable. I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on the ubiquitous “Me Too” phenomenon that has smashed our culture from every side, but fear has prevented me. […]

Single: The Permitted Discrimination

The Single Hidden Discrimination I recently heard a brief talk. During the talk, the speaker said a few sentences that irked me, despite receiving no complaints from the crowd. “Someone who is single is incomplete.” “Someone who is unmarried can never really accomplish anything in life.” “Life cannot be properly fulfilled without a spouse.” Listeners […]

When To Leave A Job

Unfortunately, I have had to make the decision to leave a job more times than I would have cared to. I’ve even had to switch career paths. Thankfully, through adversity grows wisdom. I’ve developed an easy three-part system (currently in desperate need of a catchy title) to decide whether or not the time has come […]

No Such Thing as Celebrity in Judaism (Guest Post)

Welcome to my first ever guest post. ‘No Such Thing as Celebrity in Judaism’ was written by my good friend Gabe Lewin. Gabe and I met during my first year teaching in Baltimore. Out of the craziness of that year emerged a wonderful, long-lasting friendship. And I’m honored to post his beautiful and profound words […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part VI: The Nail In The Coffin

After seven years of living in and working in Jewish Education in Baltimore, I moved to Kansas for very personal reasons. There is one Jewish day school there, and I was offered a job. My job description changed my first week. It was someone else’s miscommunication, but I was faulted for it. New classes were […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part V

20 Uncomfortable Facts about Jewish Education Part IV 16. Our Mobility Is Limited Our chosen profession, Jewish education, is dangerously limiting. Many communities only have one Jewish school, so that if you want to change or your contract gets cancelled, you either need to switch professions or uproot your entire family. Even in communities with […]

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