18 Years in the Rabbinate – 18 Lessons Learned

I love being a rabbi. I cannot imagine doing or being anything else. I am proud of my work for the past 18 years. I am also proud that my 18th year in the rabbinate marks a significant change, as I transitioned from working in established synagogues to becoming the founder and spiritual leader of Makom NY: a new model for Jewish community on Long Island. My reflections on 18 years, with my new perspective: 1. Relationships truly matter. Knowing people’s names, knowing who they are, learning their stories, listening to their pains and celebrating their accomplishments. 2. People are not looking for ‘something for nothing’. People are willing to pay for that which they feel has value. 3. Pluralism is no longer a dirty word. There are many paths…


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