Despair Is Not A Strategy

Despair Is Not A Strategy

Following the mass shooting in Highland Park on July 4th, R’Steven delivered a drash entitled “Despair Is Not A Strategy” at our service on July 8th. In seasons of sorrow, we turn to our tradition and to each other. We invite you to our upcoming services: a Virtual Friday Night Shabbat on July 15th and […]

Has Judaism Always Been Gay? Three Queer Jewish Stories

Has Judaism Always Been Gay? Three Queer Jewish Stories

In honor of Pride Month, this drash was originally delivered at the Friday Night Shabbat service on June 10th. Entitled “Judaism Is Kinda Gay,” Rabbi Steven shares three queer Jewish stories from our tradition. Mishkan invites you to our upcoming Pride programming, including a Pre-Shabbat Pride Happy Hour and Pride-Themed Friday Night Shabbat on June […]

“Don’t Say Gay” And The Hate That Hides Our True Inheritance

“Don’t Say Gay” And The Hate That Hides Our True Inheritance

In the wake of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s threats against trans children and their families, Rabbi Steven delivers a passionate drash connecting the oppression of the LGBTQ+ community to the soul-crushing slavery our ancestors were born into which obscured the truth of their identity as bearers of the image […]

We Show Up

Rabbi Steven’s sermon given on Rosh Hashanah 5782 Back in June, I was about to head home from work when my husband texts me: “Could you take your kippah off when you’re on the train?” A Jewish man had just been the target of an antisemitic attack in Brooklyn. This was the latest in a […]

To Life, to Life, L’chayim?

Rabbi Deena’s sermon from Erev Rosh Hashanah 5782 In her book “The Art of Dying Well”, journalist and motivational speaker Katy Butler writes that Western medicine has become focused on one, single metric: “not dying”. The medical system, propelled by mostly well meaning doctors, will throw every possible intervention at our problems for the sake […]