Rabbi Michael E. Harvey

Rabbi Michael E. Harvey

Inside Leadership

“Rule Yourself” – that’s the name of the new Under Armour campaign. Its newest commercial opens on a dimly lit Olympic-sized swimming pool, then shifts to the silhouette of Michael Phelps swimming effortlessly in the dark water. A montage of Phelps training continues as the music goes on: scenes of him lifting weights, swimming with drag suits, his coach yelling as he does a perfect flip turn.

And then, something really powerful: The commercial quickly cuts to Phelps in a bed, pulling the covers over his head as he rolls over to sleep. The music and light both fade as we see an...

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When I began my tenure as rabbi of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, I heard a great deal about what was and what used to be. When I started meeting with different faith leaders in the area, for example – something I do when I come to any community – they all told me that decades ago, the community had an interfaith council or coalition. When I asked what happened to it, no one could give me an answer except to say that, that at the time, the group had been powerful enough to end a labor strike in the 1980s.

Interfaith education and dialogue were a tenet of my rabbinic studies...

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We count Reform Judaism as the most inclusive and transitional movement in our world, and for good reason. Stagnation just isn’t our thing.

The Union for Reform Judaism stands at the forefront of issues of social justice and civil liberties. Reform synagogues around the world open their doors to interfaith couples, same-sex couples, and all who wish to feel the warmth of hospitality. My heart continuously bursts with pride when I speak of our movement, of the work of the Religious Action Center, and the resolutions by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The movement trusts...

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Scrubs is one of my favorite TV shows. I’ve seen the episodes over and over, but each time I watch, I find something new – much like when I read the Torah!

Recently, I watched an episode called “My Boss’s Free Haircut,” in which Dr. Kelso, the hospital’s chief of medicine, decides to see patients again after years spent behind a desk doing paperwork. Soon afterward, he encounters a young patient who, instead of listening to him, stares at her phone as she Googles diagnostics of her own case. She asks him, “Why am I paying you to tell me things I’ve already figured out on my own?”...

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