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January 19, 2019

MLK Weekend • Shabbat evening kick-off

Temple Beth Shalom, Austin

Community Shabbat with Beth Israel and Shir Ami

Maybe you’ve heard this one… In the days of World War II, in early November, a sergeant at an army base in the Deep South gets a call from a woman. She says,...

January 14, 2018

Delivered at Congregation Beth Israel of Austin

As part of their "Welcoming the Stranger" MLK Weekend events

(The guests referred to below included refugees, immigrants, and refugee aid workers from local partner organizations who joined the Jewish community for worship...

January 13, 2018

Shared during Shabbat evening services at Beth Israel - Austin

during their "Welcoming the Stranger" MLK Weekend of events

"Mother Country"

by Richard Blanco

To love a country as if you’ve lost one: 1968,
my mother leaves Cuba for America, a scene
I imagine as if standing...

November 8, 2017

Temple Beth-El, San Antonio

Social Action Shabbat

November 3, 2017

“Will the Judge of the Earth not do justice?”

When Abraham asks God this question in our Torah portion, he establishes himself as a prophet for justice. God has told Abraham about the plan to destroy Sodom...

October 2, 2017

This morning I had the honor of addressing the Upper School chapel during a service organized by the students of the Jewish Affinity Group, on the themes of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Below is a transcript of my remarks.

Good morning. Thank you to the Jewish Affinity...

September 3, 2017

Two of my articles posted today. Links below:

In the Houston Chronicle's Sunday Belief section, I wrote a snapshot of faith community responses to Hurricane Harvey.

In the Aspen Times, I wrote a more personal reflection on how I'm processing this storm and its aftermath.


July 11, 2017

A few thoughts for the week, based on an unexpected connection between a book review in today's WSJ and an old Amos Oz essay relevant to this week's Torah portion (Pinchas):

Benjamin Balint writes in his review of Steven Weitzman's "The Origin of the Jews":

Mr. Weitzman...

July 3, 2017

Aspen Jewish Congregation • Farewell Shabbat


It is fitting to close with Shalom Aleichem tonight because it is a song about transition. We invite the malachei hashalom, the Angels of Peace, to join us for a time, and we relish their presence, and then we bid...

June 9, 2017

Aspen Jewish Congregation • Farewell Service

Rabbi David Segal & Cantor Rollin Simmons
There’s an old joke about how Jews at a party will say goodbye and never leave.

We’ve been saying goodbye, or preparing to say goodbye, for so long that it’s hard for me to...

May 13, 2017

Aspen Jewish Congregation

Carbondale Farewell Shabbat at the Orchard

I was asked this week what I feel are my biggest accomplishments from my seven years as the rabbi of the Aspen Jewish Congregation. One rose to the top right away: Expanding our reach throughout the val...

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January 19, 2019