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An Ending, and Two Beginnings (7 of 7)

An Ending, and Two Beginnings (7 of 7)

August 26th, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 18 Elul 5781   Nigel: Hi! Jakir: Shalom!  You did it!  I’m not sure how you pulled it off, but you made it to the holy land! N: Yep. I’m now in bidud, the word the Israelis use for “quarantine”[...]

Why does shmita matter? (6 of 7)

Why does shmita matter? (6 of 7)

August 20th, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021 | 12 Elul 5781   Dear All, I admit that I am baffled by Jeopardy!, and why people care about it. (What’s wrong with University Challenge?) But Jeopardy does remind us to ask this: what questions does shmita come to[...]

Israel (5 of 7)

Israel (5 of 7)

August 13th, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021 | 5 Elul 5781   Dear All, The second day of the 2005 Israel Ride was on Thursday, May 12th. The day before we had ridden from Jerusalem to Ashkelon. Now we were riding to Mashabeh Sadeh, alongside the northern tip[...]

Climate at a tipping point: What do we do? (4 of 7)

Climate at a tipping point: What do we do? (4 of 7)

August 6th, 2021

Friday, August 6, 2021 | 28 Av 5781   Dear All, You might think this email would for me be easy and obvious. But it has been the hardest one to write. I want to convey some seemingly contradictory ideas.  It has been right[...]

Does Jewish tradition support my politics? (3 of 7)

Does Jewish tradition support my politics? (3 of 7)

July 28th, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 20 Av 5781   Dear All, There was the first time I went on this thing called Facebook. It asked my religion, so I wrote "Manchester United." It asked my politics, so I wrote “Jewish.” We can talk some other time[...]

Some thoughts for funders (2 of 7)

Some thoughts for funders (2 of 7)

July 22nd, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 13 Av 5781  One big idea – and a few smaller ones. Dear All, First: gratitude. I don’t take anyone’s gift to Hazon for granted. (If it ever seemed like I did, I apologize.) We’re an imperfect organization, but[...]

Leadership and failure (1 of 7)

Leadership and failure (1 of 7)

July 15th, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 6 Av 5781    Dear All, As I step down as CEO, this is the first of seven emails, reflecting on a range of different topics, to the Hazon list, roughly weekly from today. That’ll take us from now[...]

Stepping down as CEO; Hazon merger

Stepping down as CEO; Hazon merger

July 8th, 2021

July 8, 2021 | 28 Tammuz 5781   Dear All, Here’s the statement that Hazon & Pearlstone have just released. All the rest (of this email) is commentary… I’m stepping down as CEO after 21 years. It is bittersweet. I love this organization, and I[...]

Getting down to bedrock

Getting down to bedrock

May 24th, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 14 Sivan 5781   Dear All, Many of the arguments that divide contemporary Jewish life come down to different readings of what it means to be Jewish. I want to offer some of my own thoughts on this. Before[...]

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Shmita & Parshat Behar Bechukotai 5781

May 4th, 2021

Please enjoy this week's video newsletter message. Full text transcript is below.  We were thinking we might try and send out some videos as well as just written words, and this week's parsha seemed like a great time to begin. (Leviticus 25:1)[...]