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DVAR VA'ETCHANAN

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After today's mourning on Tisha B'Av, comfort is on the horizon with Shabbat Nachamu. Parshat Va'Etchanan holds both: Sadness and pleading; promises of consolation and moving on. You can read my dvar here.  (Click Read More to get to the ink)

DVAR MATOT-MASEI

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I've been invited to give the Dvar at Shomrei Torah Synagogue's morning service this Saturday - you can read it here , or zoom in here !  (click Read More to get to the links) חזק חזק ונתחזק                                                 

A New Jewish Poetry Community

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I co-facilitated a midrashic poetry retreat in the Mojave desert and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles gave our write-up a home!

HESHBON HANEFESH POETRY RETREAT_AJU WORD GRANT

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I'm thrilled to share that I'm among this year's awardees of a Bruce Geller Memorial Prize/Word Grant from the Institute for Jewish Creativity.  Part of my project involves co-hosting a retreat for liturgical poetry, the first ever Heshbon HaNefesh retreat .

BAMIDBAR: DESERT POEMS

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Last week I wrote a dvar Torah for Temple Beth Am's "Taste of Torah", on Bamidbar (May 14, 2021) In the dvar, I mention a new series of poems I've been working on, inspired by a school assignment to create a water ritual. I wrote most of the poems I have so far in the desert, because the deserts are alive, even without water. Below are a few short excerpts.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND PAST ENGAGEMENTS

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My first year at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in LA has come to its close. Looking back, in the vacuum of the pandemic lock-down and quarantine, I ended up doing more creative projects than I realized. First of all, my chapbook Book of Failed Salvation was accepted for publication by Ben Yehuda Press - (forthcoming in late 2021) Here's an overview over some teaching/learning and reading events I have been involved in, and things on the horizon: Heshbon HaNefesh Poetry Workshop Tisha B'Av Edition : July 19, 6:30pm PDT Elul Classes on Forgiveness for Shomrei Torah Synagogue Incoming Rabbinic Resident at Temple Beth Am (School year 2021-22) Field Placement with Shomrei Torah Synagogue (Fall semester 2021) Interim poetry editor for Ben Yehuda Press (Current) RECENT ENGAGEMENTS  Reader at the 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium Anthology Bay Area reading, June 13, 4-6pm PDT Panelist:  Ruth - A Case Study in Identity and Community , on Clubhouse and sponsored by  O