Journalist & Teacher

Journalist & Lecturer on Philosophy, Culture, Politics, History.

Freelancer Available For Hire.



I teach and write about philosophy, religion, history, socio-cultural issues and sometimes the ways in which they intersect. 


Things To Read

A Q and A With Daniel Matt: Demystifying The Zohar

September 2019

"The Zohar very much encourages creativity and innovations. It’s aware of its own creativity and promotes creativity. It says God is yearning for human innovation, and everyone becomes a jewel in the divine crown and God kisses every one. It’s really a celebration of the human imagination."

The Buddhist Roots of Hathayoga

Fall 2019 Tricycle

Purists discourage mixing traditions, but research reveals that the origins of one of today’s most popular Indian practices aren’t so clear-cut.

Spinoza In Plain English

Fall 2019

Follow this link to my commentary on Spinoza's Ethics aimed at the non-specialist. You'll also find a link inside to my general Introduction to Spinoza.

Mother Night: We Are What We Pretend To Be

May 2 2019

If I search my own life for a major instance of Vonneguttian pretend, it would surely be my own participation in an ecosystem-destroying culture.  Doing so clearly does not reflect my values, or at least not some of them, ones I happen to cherish. Yet I do it because of other values I hold, like security and pleasure.  At the end of the day, which will matter more- my lifelong participation in industrial capitalism, or the private thoughts of my heart?

Wilderness Birthed The Mind

April 21 2019

As the Earth radically changes, what happens to the wisdom that it has to offer us?

"Like Fish In A Pool With Little Water": Who Will Help The Rohingya?

April 2 2019

Conditions deteriorate for Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh’s refugee camps as countries around the globe close their doors.

Leonard Cohen Under A New Light

November 27, 2018

October saw the arrival of two treats for fans of the late Leonard Cohen. The first, Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen, is written by Cohen’s long-term friend and fellow Zen student Eric Lerner. The second, The Flame, is a posthumous collection of Cohen’s poems, late songs, and notebook fragments curated by his son, Adam.

Why the Buddha Would Advocate for Universal Basic Income

OCT 25, 2017

You're probably not asking what the Buddha would have thought about UBI, but maybe you should be.

Putting to Rest the Myth of the Heroic Self

JUL 25, 2017

This is a reflection I wrote about my friend Michael Stone, Jewish Buddhist teacher, after his tragic death.


Contact Me

Feel free to get in touch about writing, journalism, great stories or anything else you’re interested in.


Journalist and freelance writer

I frequently write on things Buddhist, Jewish, and human. I am the Pacific Correspondent for the Canadian Jewish News and write regularly for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the Jewish Independent, and The Wisdom Daily. I am a professional lecturer and storyteller in Jewish culture, Eastern philosophy, and other eccentric interests of mine. I am available to give talks and lead workshops. I also am a long time meditation instructor.

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33 Canadian Rabbis Call For Suspension of Safe Third Country Agreement

July 3, 2018

Papaji on Sengcan’s “Faith in Mind” (Xinxin Ming)

May 11, 2018

Were Canadian Journalists For Free Expression Wrong?

April 13, 2018

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