Joel Goldstein is a student in the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College and the Egalitarian Rabbinic Intern at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University. Previously, he taught Talmud and Rabbinics at Charles E. Smith Jewish High School and Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. With his wife, Rachel Jacobson, he served as a Yeshivat Hadar Campus Scholar at the University of Michigan. Joel has studied at Yeshivat Hadar (Summer Fellow 2012) and the Kollel at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He received a BA in Physics from the University of California Berkeley and an MS in Physics from the University of Washington. He has worked as both a Systems and Software Engineer.
We must move beyond our day to day traditions to find more piety. Perhaps we may use Sukkot as a launching point to become more involved, standing with those who seek sanctuary on a daily basis.