Education

Resisting Teen Radicalization

Recently I attended a multi-faith symposium on youth crime prevention with the specific focus “Tackling Radicalization in Faiths.”  Speakers included the Imam of the host mosque; faith leaders offering Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Sikh perspectives; and the local mayor and chief of police. The organizers invited me to offer a Jewish perspective. Here are my remarks: The problem of raising teens is not new. In Jewish tradition, the problem goes at least as […]

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Deep Ecumenism

Interfaith dialogue is in fashion – because it is so urgent! As we approach it, how shall we understand what we are doing? Should we assume we are learning a new language for a familiar spiritual landscape? Or entering a radically new cultural world? Or starting a journey with an unpredictable route and destination? In Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology we explore precisely these questions. This two-part lecture offers a  wonderful […]

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Secrets of Teaching

“Should we offer the best classes we can, or teach adults to become independent learners of Jewish texts?” So my memory paraphrases a question asked on JEDADULT, a Facebook group discussing adult Jewish education. An odd question, to be sure. In the best of all possible worlds, great adult education classes would teach content and skills. All Jewish adult educators would simultaneously share deep insights and empower student learners. But […]

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Remembering Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams, z”l

A blog post should be a masterful short personal essay, a little narrative opening to a universal lesson. Kind of like a sugya (unit) of Talmud. I would love to write a masterful post about my friend and teacher Judy Abrams. But, to really get it right, I would have to choose my favorite anecdote and my favorite lesson, positioning each within the other in a multi-layered metaphorical masterpiece. And […]

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Rabbi Laura’s Day Off

  Our 21 year old daughter has invited her parents to The Intention Gathering, a “self-sustaining, all-ages, ethnically diverse superfragilistic-art-dance-creative community.” We have absolutely no idea what that means. But we are delighted to spend three days away from leadership in our Jewish community, three days of play without work, three days of anonymity. We pack camping gear appropriate to three days of summer rainforest weather. Without any clear mental image […]

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