Author: George A.
The Enchantment of Choosing to Believe
How the surprising overlap between the thinking of a canonical dead white man and a contemporary Native American woman makes the case for a greater leap of faith.
Convergences of Summer Reading: Overcoming The Desire to Dominate Nature
How two very different books changed the way I think about our relationship to nature.
The Shattering of Teshuva: What American Jews Can Contribute to the Conversation on Race
The Forward published a reflection I wrote on my experiences travelling in the South this summer, and how American Jews can borrow from the Jewish concept of teshuva to advance the national conversation on racial injustice. When I arrived at the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana earlier this summer, a staff member handed me a card with a…
Claiming The Bible (Which Was Written By Human Beings!)
An honest and sophisticated approach to the Bible’s origins could enrich our synagogues, churches and mosques.
On my way out of Israel, my conversation with an ultra-Orthodox man convinced me that liberally religious people shouldn’t shy away from belief.
Redeeming my Judaism
How the work of French Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur reminded me of all Judaism has to offer when I needed it most.
D’var Torah: Holocaust Remembrance Day and Kedoshim
As we recall the Holocaust, we should look beyond theology to our lived relationship with God.
No, Joe Biden, Trump is Not an Aberration
If we want to improve our country, we must understand both the power of collective action, and the depths of our country’s flaws.
What Notre Dame Teaches Us As It Burns
Behold, it tells us. I am a monument to a time when people were less jaded and more aware of numinous mysteriousness. I am a monument to awe.
The Simplicity and Complexity of Israel-Palestine
When I arrived in Israel last summer to study to become a rabbi, I knew I had arrived in one of the most complex regions of the world, but I was prepared for outrage. I’m a millennial who grew up in liberal circles in San Francisco, and like many people with my background, I have…