Rabbi’s Corner

Shabbat Message, August 27, 2021, Parashat Ki Tavo

Posted on August 27, 2021

Click HERE for my commentary on this week’s parsha that was published in the LA Jewish Journal and on the Accidental Talmudist Website. “Table for Five” is a post-denominational round-up of Torah commentaries that appears in Los Angeles’ Jewish newspaper,… Read More »

Shabbat Message, July 16, 2021, Parashat Devarim

Posted on July 16, 2021

Click HERE to watch a video of our Author’s Night with Anne Goldman who read from and discussed Stargazing In the Atomic Age. Anne’s powerful provocations and reflections on the intellectual and artistic power of Jews in the nuclear age… Read More »

Shabbat Message, July 9, 2021, Parashat Mattot-Masei/Rosh Hodesh

Posted on July 9, 2021

Click HERE for the first video in a new series: Siddur Gems – Modeh Ani: A Soulfelt Attitude of Gratitude. Siddur Gems are teachings about Jewish liturgy and our prayer-lives. I’ll explore the language of tfillot, music for our prayers,… Read More »

Shabbat Mesage, July 2, 2021, Parashat Pinhas

Posted on July 2, 2021

Click HERE (video) for Inspiration For the Three Weeks – Why We Fast, Where to Affix Our Focus. This past Sunday began the Three Weeks period between the fast of 17 Tammuz and Tisha B’Av. How does fasting focus us?… Read More »

Shabbat Message, June 25, 2021, Parashat Balak

Posted on June 25, 2021

Click HERE (video) for Angels Not Adversaries. Just a quick take on the angels in our lives – who can sometimes seem like adversaries. Shabbat Shalom!… Read More »

Shabbat Message, June 18, 2021, Parashat Hukkat

Posted on June 18, 2021

Click HERE (video) for Red Cows, Life and Death. Rashi tells us that our rituals might be challenged. We ourselves may sense that we need a rational explanation for the rites we perform. Look to the heart and revive the… Read More »

Shabbat Message, June 11, 2021, Parashat Korah

Posted on June 11, 2021

Click HERE (video) for “Korah’s Rebellion, Rashi’s Cut.” Was it a legitimate rebellion or a fatal mistake? Salubrious for society or sinful to the core? Click HERE (video) for “Bearing the Iniquity of the Priesthood, Receiving the Gift with Joy.”… Read More »

Shabbat Message, May 28, 2021, Parashat Beha’alotekha

Posted on May 28, 2021

Click HERE (video) for “Old Is Good & Aging is Sage-ing.” This Shabbat talk is dedicated to all those who are acquiring hearts of wisdom and know “being old” is a mindset. Rashi and the Torah encourage us to take… Read More »

Shabbat Message, May 21, 2021, Parashat Naso

Posted on May 21, 2021

Click HERE (video) for God Bless You and Keep You. The famous Kohenic blessing is recited in public recitations of the Amidah and by parents for their children. Brides and grooms beneath their chuppahs receive the blessing, too. Explore the… Read More »

Shabbat Message, May 14, 2021, Parashat BeMidbar/Shavuot

Posted on May 14, 2021

Click HERE (video) for the sermon HaDegel Sheli, Our Flags & Our Future. Flags are symbols of hope and unity despite their differnet colors. According to our tradition, the Israelites saw that angels praised God raising flags aloft. Raising our… Read More »