The Arc Bends Toward Justice

There, in the midst of an area that is so sullied by such a hateful and violent past, I saw that arc.  It is long, very long, as Dr. King said.  It is likely even longer than the arc of our own lifetimes.  And yet--despite our deepest fears, despite our great uncertainty for the future of this country, I saw that it does indeed bend toward justice. Let me tell you why.

By |2020-11-06T14:27:44-08:00September 29th, 2019|Writing|0 Comments

Israel Trip

Whenever I discuss Israel with anyone, the first thing I say is, “Politics aside, it’s the most dynamic country on Earth.”  Israel invented WAZE, and drip irrigation, and molten salt solar power plants, and Soda Stream, and your telephone voice mail, and the world’s first electric passenger airplane (it debuted in June at the Paris [...]

By |2020-11-06T14:28:40-08:00September 29th, 2019|Writing|0 Comments

Words shared at beginning of Service of Comfort in Shadow of Loss, Sunday October 28, 2018

Words shared by Rabbi Zari Weiss At beginning of Service of Comfort in the Shadow of Loss Sunday evening, October 28, 2018    19 Cheshvan 5779  L’chol zman v’yet l’chol heyfetz tachat ha’shamayim. For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. There should not ever be a need for a [...]

By |2020-11-06T14:30:30-08:00October 29th, 2018|Rabbi's Blog, Writing|0 Comments

Lech Lecha

Take a moment and think about something that prevents you from forging a new journey with a sense of your own wholeness. Do you pay homage to this thing so that it has, perhaps, become an idol? Maybe that idol is depression, a trauma, a sour relationship, the way you view your body. How might you be able to smash it, like Avram does in the midrash?

By |2020-11-06T14:40:12-08:00October 20th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Conversation with God

The truth is G-d, I feel that I spend so much of my time trying to “promote” Judaism to others. I’m always trying to get people to “join” our community and participate more because I know the value of doing so; sometimes, it feels more like I’m in “sales” than the rabbinate; I’m constantly trying to “sell” Judaism to others.

By |2020-11-06T14:57:54-08:00September 19th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Seeking Justice, Working Together

We were heavily criticized by some in the Jewish community for meeting with Palestinians and other Arabs, and some of our Arab partners were likewise criticized for meeting with Jews, particularly Jews who supported Israel. A few members dropped out, but most of us persisted despite disagreements. More important, as we talked to our Jewish friends and others about what we were doing, the climate did start to change.

By |2020-11-06T19:22:37-08:00September 10th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Living with Integrity

As we move forward into the future, whatever it may be, may we remember: to walk uprightly, to act justly; to speak words of truth, to be sincere; to not slander or bring shame on others; to conduct our business honorably; to challenge those who break the law, and honor those who honor Creation; to keep our word, to not exploit others, nor take bribes. To strive, as best as we are able, to move through the world with integrity.

By |2020-11-06T14:59:45-08:00September 9th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments