This time of year, I find myself thinking about the approaching High Holidays. Inevitably, it starts with anxiety about the practical issue of the serious time commitment away from work involved in all of the praying. Eventually, it turns to actually reflecting on the important themes of this period. Last year, I wrote up a longer piece about an idea that inspired me. (Last year, I also was profoundly affected by Alan Lew’s book, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation — which I highly recommend.) No big idea this year. … Learn More
Driving around L.A. the past few weeks, you couldn’t miss all of the billboards for the movie, “Detroit.” Looking at the signs made me reflect on my complicated feelings about growing up in and being from Detroit. And then I went and saw the movie, which brought the nightmare of the ’67 riots, 50 years ago this summer, to life. It’s been 24 years since I left Detroit. I lived there for 20 years of my life. (OK, not quite 20; I was in Ann Arbor for college and law school for six of them. And technically, not even Detroit proper. We lived… Learn More
I was interviewed about the Senate healthcare bill this morning by i24, an English-language channel in Israel. I will post the video as soon as I get the link. For now, I can’t help but think of the Monty Python-ness of the moment. My latest take, “I’m not dead yet,” is here.