• Five Years Ago...

    (Speech given on Shabbat at the National Jewish Retreat in Weston, FL on August 4th, 2012) Five years ago, I was an atheist. And not just your normal, run-of-the-mill, “I’m too cool/modern/educated to believe in G-d,” kind of atheist. If there is such a thing, I was a devout atheist....


  • Vayeira: Beyond Consciousness

    There are a few types of situations in life that require such an instinctual reaction that they reveal a little bit of who we really are. I’m talking about those situations where thinking doesn’t seem to help, or those moments that happen before thoughts can take place. Tonight, I’m talking...


  • Lech Lecha: Getting Higher

    “You aren’t getting low enough,” Amanda yelled at me over the music. “Bend your knees more!!” I was in dance class, and despite it being my third year in intensive training, I was still having problems with completing standard jumps with more grace than an elephant. Turns? I could handle...


  • Noach: Crumbling Towers

    Earlier this week, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of 12th grade girls from the Bnos Menachem high school here in Crown Heights. After telling them “my story,” and explaining how one of the major draws into Chabad for me was how intellectual everything is, a girl interrupted...


  • Bereishis: New Beginnings

    Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is now possible. It’s time to start over. To turn back time and jump forward all at once. This week we restart the Torah from the beginning. A new beginning. A chance to take a deeper look at what these ancient...