Hey! I’m Sam. I’m glad you took a second to stop by.
I’m a rabbi on a mission to help everyone live their best lives. I believe that each and every one of us can contribute something unique and wonderful to the tapestry of our world, and I want to help in any way that I can.
I’ve served in the IDF as a combat medic, studied philosophy as an undergraduate and explored the intersection of Science and Halacha for my MA, and worked as a high school teacher for several years. My journey to religion and God has been far from standard, and much of that journey fundamentally shaped how I write and teach.
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If you want to get a flavour for what’s important to me, you can start here:
Life, as prayer – What does it mean to pray? I think it has a lot to do with how we live.
Silence – Our world is loud. What if it’s too loud to hear the still, small voice in each of us?
When? – Life is short. Too short. We need to tell those whom we love that we love them.
Consent of the Governed – Religion is too often mistaken as a tool for coercion and fear. This is a mistake, and I think it misses the point entirely.
To get a sense of my approach to Jewish Law, have a look at these classes:
Corporations and Tevilat Kelim – Jews need to dip new crockery bought from a non-Jew into a mikveh before the first use. But where do corporations fall into this equation?
Kashering through Steam – Can I use steam to kosher something?
The Welfare State in Halacha – Charity is a keystone of any religious life, but involving the state in this process is destructive to the entire enterprise.