Rabbi’s Corner

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 »

Shabbat Message, Sept. 11, 2020 – Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech

Posted on September 11, 2020

Click HERE for a video of Josh Gold sounding the shofar, for Elul inspiration. Click HERE for a D’var Torah for Parshat Netzavim-Vayeilekh: God, Not Us, Blesses the New Month of Tishrei.… Read More »

Shabbat Message Sept. 4, 2020 – Parashat Ki Tavo

Posted on September 8, 2020

Click HERE for Get Your Gift Basket Ready to explore the Ramban’s commentary on preparing the first fruits offering in Parshat Ki Tavo. Click HERE for The Tzedakah Imperative in Elul – Beyond An Accounting of the Soul, a sermon… Read More »

Shabbat Message, Aug. 28, 2020, Parashat Ki Tetze

Posted on August 28, 2020

Click HERE for a Shabbat sermon: Because I Said So – It’s Good for Your Soul. What does the verse about shooing away a mother bird come to teach us according to the Ramban and Rambam? Click HERE for a… Read More »

Shabbat Message August 21, 2020 – Parashat Shoftim

Posted on August 21, 2020

Please click HERE for: The Shofar Calls: Hodesh Elul Tov! Click HERE for a video D’var Torah for Rosh Hodesh Elul and Shabbat Shoftim: Revolutionary Thinking: When Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Ben Franklin and Menahem Mendel Levin Speak to the Heart… Read More »