My Mother’s Books

My mother is why I am a writer. She passed away this morning (as I write), March 3, 2019. Please, take a moment, read the below and learn from her. If you want, buy or borrow a book and learn some more. She lived a rich life steeped in the real world – and she […]

Make Us a God (Speech)

This is a speech I delivered in Overland Park Kansas City as a visiting Scholar. I want to thank the community for the opportunity to speak.   I have never been to Kansas City. At least, I’ve never stopped my car here. But in a way, this is down home week for my brother and […]

Numbers

I open the door to my new office and step in. A cardboard box is in my hand. It has everything I need. I look at the room, with its two walls of tinted glass, its clean carpet and its massive desk. It smells of industrial carpet cleaner, generously applied. It seems to perfectly match […]

Law and the Road to the Jubilee (speech)

This one is a bit technical, but well received. So I figured I’d share it here. In Parshat Yitro (Torah reading of Jethro), the people were told to be ready to ascend the mountain Bimshoch HaYovel.  They were to ascend the mountain when they experienced the transformative entry into the Yovel (Jubilee). But then the […]

Boulevard

The lights flash by on the Boulevard. A light rain has lifted oils off the road. They shine in the streetlights, giving the asphalt a rainbow hue. Their smell rises up from the road and mixes with the exhaust of the cars, filling the air with a gritty scent. As the cars pass by, all […]