Rabbi Dan Horwitz
January 9, 2014
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I’m not sure that my own views on the Divine are settled.


I find the demographic realities of the Jewish community to be unsettling.


I struggle mightily with the motivations and convictions of West Bank settlers.


I travel so much for work that I inevitably feel unsettled.


I worry that in search for the bigger better deal, a number of my peers (and at times I) have failed to settle for “very good,” always in search of the elusive “best.”


I cannot wait for the day when my contemporaries and I are able to settle our student debts.


Having recently gotten married, I have supposedly “settled down.”  Was I so wild before?


Many of us are unwilling to settle for jobs that don’t inspire and challenge us, even when the pay is good.


Are we so focused on being settled that we fail to jump at chances to be adventurous?


Trying to map out a future financial plan – especially one that involves children and significant investments in their Jewish literacy and identity – is unsettling.


Can I really settle for second best when the rest seem to impress upon me the need to invest, causing pains in my chest when I think of walking through life as a guest, unsettled with my heart in the East and my body in the West, wondering whether or not life is just a big test, wondering what role the Divine plays or if it’s all just a quest, people ruining shul worried about how others are dressed, trying to live an authentic life that would make those I’m accountable to impressed; unsettled.


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Rabbi Dan Horwitz is a rabbi, educator, consultant and community builder. Committed to lifelong learning, he holds a BA in Politics from Brandeis University, an MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College, a JD and an MA in Sport Management from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He received rabbinic ordination from the non-denominational Mesifta Adas Wolkowisk. Dan is happiest when engaged in meaningful discussion with others on topics of Jewish and general philosophical interest, when playing basketball, and when Justin Verlander is pitching. For more information, check out www.rabbidanh.com

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