Category Archives: Faith

Posts pertaining to faith and ideology.

The Right Questions After the March of the Living


Written for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles: I’m standing with my back against a brick wall at Auschwitz. Monise Neumann points to an area just beyond her and tells a story. When Freddy Diament arrived at the forced labor … Continue reading

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Wet and Quickly Drying – An Explanation of the Year’s Changes, A Proposal for Next Steps


As featured on the Huffington Post: The life we know hasn’t changed much since December 27 of 2010. Murky smog still poisons the air I breathe in Los Angeles. A snapshot of the New York skyline taken today will match … Continue reading

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‘Remember Now Your Creator’ – The Challenging Dichotomy of Faith and Reason


Last night, at my school’s back-to-school-night for parents, I delivered my “senior sermon.” Each senior at Milken writes and delivers a sermon at some point during his or her final year at the school. Here is mine, on the challenge … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts on a Scattered Day – September 11, In Memoriam


“Tom!” My dad, a journalist, had left for his daily jog in the wee hours of the morning. As he finished running and stood, stretching, on the sidewalk outside our one-story house, Stu, a neighbor, shouted out to him. “You … Continue reading

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Leaving God at the Door – Why Michele Bachmann Needs to Reaffirm Kennedy’s Promise


As featured on the Huffington Post: With Elai Shine First, she said it was a joke. Now, she’s saying it was a metaphor. One thing is clear: Michele Bachmann thinks that hurricanes happen because of welfare. Last week, shortly after … Continue reading

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When the Mountain Mumbles – The Other Harry Truman and Why He Matters Now


My grandpa likes to tell a story about a man who lived on a mountain. The man’s name was Harry Randall Truman (no relation to the former president) and the mountain was Mt. St. Helens in southern Washington. Truman, an … Continue reading

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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts – Why Memorial Day is Personal, Even When it’s Not


I’ve never fought in a war and I probably never will. I’m not brave enough. I could write about tragedy (and I often do), and perhaps my words would be resonant – but to me, they’d ring hollow, because I … Continue reading

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A Witch Hunt – Islamophobia in America


Last week, the Pope surprised the world when he exonerated Jews for the killing of Jesus. It was a nice gesture, though he was a little bit late to the party. Jews have endured thousands of years of turmoil as … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Moment – The Value of Transition in a Chaotic World


Havdallah is the Jewish ceremony that marks the end of one week and the beginning of the next. Its rituals — lighting a candle, feeling its warmth, smelling a spice, sipping grape juice, hearing a melody — are intended to … Continue reading

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When It’s Worth It – Speaking When You Can Be Heard


On Monday night, my SAT class stopped being just a weekly bubble-in fest. The class is made up of just two students: David, another high school Junior who goes to an ultra-religious Yeshiva type school in West Los Angeles, and … Continue reading

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