I started writing my award-winning opinion column, “Martini
Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” because I
believe that this is religion’s true role – to challenge us.
Now, I bring that message to a podcast, through Religion News
I have a passion for Jewish ideas – always striving for
relevance, being what my colleagues call “a rabbi’s rabbi.” My
ten books have contributed to that reputation. My essays have
appeared in the Washington Post, Commentary, The Huffington
Post, Forward and JTA, and various scholarly journals. I have
discussed American politics on CNN and the BBC.
I have a passion for Israel. I have served on the boards of
Israel-oriented organizations. I have led community missions to
Israel, and I study every summer at the Shalom Hartman Institute
in Jerusalem, a leading center of Jewish thought and education.
Finally, I am passionate about interreligious dialogue. I was
one of the first rabbis to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree
from Princeton Theological Seminary. One of my proudest moments
was in 2020, when I delivered the keynote address on religion at
The Chautauqua Institution, America’s iconic educational and
My writings and my podcast are about my passions. Welcome!