כי המצוה הזאת, אשר אנכי מצוך היום--לא-נפלאת הוא ממך, ולא רחקה הוא. לא בשמים הוא: לאמר, מי יעלה-לנו השמימה ויקחה לנו, וישמענו אתה, ונעשנה...כי-קרוב אליך הדבר, .
.מאד בפיך ובלבבך, לעשתו
Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?”...No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.
Deut. 30: 11-14
I am a rabbi and Jewish educator who strives to pass along a model of Jewish life that is alive and relevant. With this in mind, I try to walk the line between challenging my congregants and building confidence in the Jewish lives they have already chosen to live. There are times in our lives when we are moved to look toward the heavens. However, doing so all the time leaves us at risk of missing the miracles that happen before our eyes each day, the faces of our people, and the areas in which we can be catalysts for change. I strive to be an exemplar of Jewish Life that is passionate and enthusiastic. I hope to encourage my community to live a Jewish life that is rooted just as much in their hearts and souls as in our sacred rites and traditions.
In addition to this lofty goal, I am a serial hobbyist who aims to gain proficiency in a number of activities. I spend my time taking pictures, birding, recalling how to play saxophone, pretending to know how to fix things, pretending to be an outdoorsman, trying to keep up with the latest technological trends, reading and writing.
I was raised in Flanders, New Jersey and went on to earn my B.A. from Rutgers University. I married Aviva, my college sweetheart, in June 2007. We adopted Tikvah, a lab mix, in October 2011. After a year of practice on our puppy we welcomed our daughter, Moriyah Chana. Some time later we added her younger sister, Nili Shira, to the bunch. In June 2013 I earned a Master's in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and received rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. After ordination, I went on to serve as rabbi of Temple Hatikvah in Flanders, NJ. In July 2016, I will proudly serve as rabbi of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood, Ohio.