Rabbi’s Corner

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 »

Shabbat Message, May 7, 2021, Parashat Behar-Behukotai

Posted on May 7, 2021

Click HERE (video) for “Ownership is Foundational to Free Society, So Why Do We Disown our Fields Once Every Seven Years?” The Torah supports a communitarian approach to societal living not communism or socialism! How does Shmittah teach a philosophical… Read More »

Shabbat Message, April 30, 2021, Parashat Emor

Posted on April 30, 2021

Click HERE (video) for the sermon, How We Perceive Others Makes a Holy Difference. To create meaningful ritual experiences that help us express joy, gratitude, or make atonement we must become attuned to the sacred and the holy sparks in… Read More »

Shabbat Message, April 23, 2021, Parashat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim

Posted on April 23, 2021

Click HERE (video) for the Shabbat drash “Do Not Stand Idly By the Blood of Your Fellow; Stop Murder and Violent Crime.” In one verse the Torah teaches us a core Jewish value and calls us to action. Our tradition… Read More »

Shabbat Message, April 16, 2021, Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Posted on April 16, 2021

Click HERE (video) for the sermon The Most Consequential Sentences and Sentiments About Israel at 73. This past week we commemorated Yom HaZikaron and celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut. We remember, with love, all those who paid the highest price for the… Read More »

Shabbat Message, April 9, 2021, Parashat Shemini – Pirkei Avot

Posted on April 9, 2021

Click HERE (video) for Torah study with Rashi Consciously Choosing Kosher Elevates the Soul. The Torah uses unique verbs to describe the process of mitzvah engagement and the reasons behind them. Rashi emphasizes the one use of the verb “ma’aleh”… Read More »