Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Message, Nov. 20, 2020, Parashat Toledot

Posted on November 20, 2020

Click HERE (video) for: Developing a Jewish Prayer Life – Beyond the Book, At Ripe Times. Isaac and Rebecca turn to God in prayer at the times they need to most. Are we going beyond the Shema or Amidah? How… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Nov. 13, 2020 – Parashat Haye Sarah

Posted on November 13, 2020

Click HERE (video) for “Stranger and Citizen” – Lessons Learned from Abraham at the Time of Sarah’s Death. Torah Study with Rashi helps reveal the complexities of our sacred text and unlocks the meaning of the Torah’s turns of phrase.… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Nov. 6, 2020 – Parashat Vayera

Posted on November 6, 2020

Click HERE for the article: Will I Go Through With This? Re-Reading the Akeidah. Every year we are faced with the story of the Binding of Isaac both at Rosh HaShanah and when we read Parshat Vayeira. How can we… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Oct. 30, 2020, Parashat Lekh-Lekha

Posted on October 29, 2020

Click HERE (video) for: What Does the Famous Verse “Lekh Lekha” (Genesis 12:1) Really Mean? Click HERE (video) for: Putting Sodom & Gemorah In Context with Rashi’s Commentary. We learn about the people of those cities and about the King… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Oct. 23, 2020, Parashat Noah

Posted on October 23, 2020

Click HERE (video) for the sermon: Religious, Responsible Human Beings. Noah inspires us in unique ways just like our founding mothers and fathers of the Jewish People. Click HERE (video): Why Did God Flood the World? Torah study with Rashi:… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Oct. 16, 2020, Parashat Bereshit

Posted on October 16, 2020

Click HERE (video) for Rabbi Bolton’s Shabbat Bereishit sermon: Universal Yet Particular – The Cosmos, Creation, and Becoming Lights to the Nations. This week’s combination of the haftarah and the weekly portion highlight both the universal connections and particular covenantal… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Oct. 9, 2020, Shemini Atzeret / Simhat Torah

Posted on October 9, 2020

Click HERE to listen to a D’var Torah called: Living in a Hut, Recalculating Home. Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan had a way of defining holiday periods that help us gain perspective on our lives and our world. Click HERE for: Mayim,… Read More »

Shabbat & Sukkot Message, Oct. 2, 2020

Posted on October 2, 2020

Click HERE for a recorded Sukkot sermon: Living With Less, Still Finding Joy. We go from the most ascetic day of the Jewish year, spiritually cleansed and with our slates clean, to … a shaky sukkah? The holiday of Sukkot… Read More »

Shabbat Shuva Message, Sept. 25, 2020

Posted on September 25, 2020

Dear Or Zarua members and friends, Shabbat Shuvah Shalom! This special Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is for meaningful reconciliations, prayerfulness and repentance. It is also very much about the delight of setting a course of keeping Shabbat… Read More »

Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah Message Sept. 18, 2020

Posted on September 18, 2020

Melting clocks is an image that I associate with the Pandemic. Oy, the meltdown! Time is supposed to be measurable, and for the Jewish People we gather in holy spaces to mark time. We call those shehecheyanu moments. The contents… Read More »