Only days after a white supremacist coup attempt on the Capitol in Washington DC (only miles from our apartment), the second impeachment of President Trump, and only a few days until Joe Biden is sworn in as President of the United States, we are truly living in the most unprecedented times. And yet, while we’re extremely divided, on Monday we will see everyone from Cornel West to Mike Pence unite to inevitably share some wisdom or inspiration from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s fascinating, but not surprising, that a man who had incredibly high disapproval numbers before…


Over the last week, too many posts have been made by too many people answering the question: what should be the response to a semi-famous football player posting an antisemitic, debunked Adolf Hitler quote on his Instagram story? And let me be clear — it was an antisemitic act that required apology (which he did) and accountability for repair (which is happening).

In a situation like this, there are so many helpful ways to approach it that call out the antisemitism that is entrenched in our world. And yet, for the last week, I’ve mostly seen the opposite. I’ve seen…


Note: I felt called to write this original piece in December 2014, following the non-indictment of the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Some language has been updated, and the picture was edited to include George Floyd, the Black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020. May the memories of Eric Garner and George Floyd, and so many others killed by racism, be for a blessing.

I can’t breathe — as I watch the injustice and racism in the United States and the world grow.

I can’t breathe — as I witness intolerance etched on bathroom stalls…


About four years ago, I promised myself that I would read more books. I had just graduated and was moving to New York City to begin my first real-world job. I’ve always enjoyed reading, but this would be the first time in years that I would finally get to read what I wanted, when I wanted, and how much I wanted. There were no more tests over the material or expectations to finish before a certain deadline. I also wouldn’t have any homework or projects to do in the evenings, freeing up even more time to read and enjoy a…


It’s one of the age-old pieces of advice for people just beginning their professional careers: be sure to maintain a good work-life balance. On the surface, this statement makes sense. It’s important to be dedicated to your career, while also making time for the other necessary parts of life. It’s a natural extension of our traditional ideas of work stemming from the Industrial Revolution. People would go to an office or factory, work a set amount of hours doing mostly predictable work (with a lunch break in between), and then go home at the end of the day. …


(Written on the night of August 6, 2015)

Tonight, I walked through Ferguson.

The stage was set at the Hillel Institute at Washington University in St. Louis — we heard stories about marching in Selma 50 years ago, talked about the work of the Black Lives Matter movement, and raised issues of racism within the Jewish community.
We even ended with an impromptu Black Lives Matter chant, led fearlessly by a couple of members of the audience of 200 Jewish students.
Afterwards we took pictures and felt great about our contributions.
Then came the invite from the local rabbi — “Do you want…


June is here and that means summer time! It also means road trips, chilling on the beach, hiking, and more time to catch up on everything we’ve missed this so far in 2017 — including podcasts! Nowadays, there’s a podcast for everything, so I thought I would give some advice on some of my favorite podcast series to enjoy this summer. All of these series are pretty short and will add some excitement, mystery, and knowledge to your life. As always, feel free to comment with other suggestions — happy listening!

Revisionist History — Brought to you by the genius…


Just a couple of years ago, I was walking through downtown Philadelphia to go to services at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a Reform temple. As I was walking, I noticed something fascinating: I was looking a big and shiny synagogue building right in the middle of an old, run-down area of town. It didn’t quite make sense to me; all of the synagogues I had seen in my life were usually in pretty affluent areas. It just didn’t sit right with me. I knew I had to learn more.

Fast forward to my senior year at the University of Kansas, where…


“Even amid the pain, fear, and destruction I had experienced and inflicted in these streets, there was still hope.” — Shaka Senghor, Writing My Wrongs

People like to talk a lot about “the system”. It’s this big, ambiguous thing in our lives that controls everything: politics, schools, housing, transportation, healthcare, and so much more. Depending on who are you, the system could either work for you or work against you. It controls whether you go to a good or bad school, get the social services you need or not, and, in some cases, when and how you lose your life.


A book review of Peter Cameron’s “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You”

What precisely were you doing during July 24–30, 2003? Not quite sure? Maybe just a vague picture? Yeah, same. But all we need is six days (with some occasional flashbacks) to get a clear picture of a blurry young man, struggling to understand his place in the world. Our fictional protagonist, James Sveck, is cynical, introverted, sensitive, and struggles with many aspects of his life. After what appears to be a miserable four years, James has just graduated high school is anticipating an equally unexciting and horrible experience at Brown University, where he is set to begin school in August…

Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor is a community builder, educator, activist, and innovator who strives to bring more love, justice, and truth into the world.

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