A shorter sermon illuminating themes from the Torah reading. Delivered during Shabbat Evening Services at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. January, 2016.
In the prime of our lives the thought of old age appears distant end entirely other. As adult caregivers of elderly parents we struggle to relate to the challenges presented by this stage of life that we have not yet lived. How can we come to understand and respect old age as a unique and holy expression of our own complex life? Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. Spring 2015.
Following difficult summer of vitriol over the nuclear deal with Iran, and now confronting ongoing terrorism in the streets of Israel, how do we move forward in support of Israel as a Jewish people? Delivered at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. Fall 2015.
Learning From the Sources:
Parashat Lech L’cha – A source sheet and discussion guide for the episode concerning Sarai and Hagar. While often overshadowed by opening segment of Genesis 12, God’s initial call to Avram, this important scene between two unique biblical women contains many lessons on the issues of conflict and status. Prepared for Leo Baeck Temple, Fall 2015.
Daf Seder (Seder Study Sheet) – A collection of sources and discussion questions for Passover focusing on the origins of charoset as expressed in Talmud. Spring 2015.
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech – Exploring the concepts of Brit (Covenant), T’shuvah (Repentance) and, the relationship between God, Moses, and Israel. Additional texts from the Machzor (High Holy Day prayerbook) assist learners in relating the parasha to the upcoming High Holy Day season. Prepared for Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot, Fall 2014.