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I will be happy to discuss questions about the beliefs and practices of the Jewish people and faith, including but not limited to Reform Judaism. I am not trained as a psychologist and do not, therefore, answer questions about relationships or other personal issues.

Experience in the area

I am a rabbi with twenty-seven years of experience. I was raised in the Reform Movement. I am a Reconstructionist rabbi. I have served congregations in three states and am now retired.


Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Houston Rabbinical Association, Southern Poverty Leadership Council, Rabbis for Human Rights


B.A., political science, Temple University, 1965 M.A., relition, Temple University, 1983 M.A.H.L (Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA, 1986 Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1986

Awards and Honors

D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), honorus causa, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 2011

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2015-06-22 Grieving:

Dear Phyllis,    The halacha (Jewish Law) about mourning is not about the healing of grief. It is about the formal rituals of mourning. We observe thirty days of mourning, for immediate relatives other

2013-09-25 Appropriate wording in child's Torah:

Dear Paulette,    The book you mention is probably not the best choice, because the word "Yahweh" is a definite indication that the book is of Protestant origin. In all likelihood there my, therefore,

2013-08-29 Why did Abram go to Haran:

Dear Don,    At the time when this story takes place, it is well attested by archaeological evidence that there was a mass migration due to famine in the land. Abram was a part of that migration. In this

2013-04-10 getting more involved with synagogue:

Dear Dave,    The best way I can think of to become more involved in your congregation is for you to make friends there who will make you feel more at home. I suggest that you participate in activities

2012-09-30 Naming Pets In Judaism:

A pet is not a person who will carry on the honored legacy of the individual being remembered. You cannot teach a put about the person for whom it is named. A pet cannot emulate that person or behave in


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