My sacred task as rabbi is to ignite the God-given hidden spark within each person, and connect this light to others through building spiritual community. The tool of ignition, inspiration, and agitation is our Torah, 70 Faces and all, and my task is make Torah come alive (through diverse venues) in the present so it will live in the future. I seek to be a madrich/guide and leader who can help others traverse through the windy pathways of life.
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My Senior Sermon
The senior sermon is a rite of passage of sorts for Rabbinical students at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Every year, each senior Rabbinical student has the honor to teach his or her community in the seminary synagogue in the form of a sermon. I hope you enjoy the Torah that I taught to my community. It is just the beginning of the Torah that I hope to teach for years to come.
By now, you probably know it's not ok to stare directly into the sun. Although it feels less intuitive, the same rule applies during an eclipse. By looking directly at the sun, you are essentially cooking your eyes but because your retina doesn’t have pain sensors therefore you won’t feel your eyes being irreparably damaged. I thought I could just pick the exclusive glasses up at the library, but they’ve been gone for months!I didn’t have any luck in any stores either – in fact, one store began by saying we don’t have eclipse glasses before I even said one word! I finally got my pair – in fact, I had to buy 25 just to get 4, and if you’re wondering, I sold the rest of t…
Rabbi David Baum A new flood is foretold by the world's weather specialists and they say that nothing can be done about it. In three days, the waters will wipe out the world. The Dalai Lama appears on television and pleads with everybody to turn to Buddhism. That way, they will at least reach enlightenment. The Pope goes on television and says that the world must accept Christianity in order to attain salvation. The Chief Rabbi of Israel takes a slightly different approach: "We all have three days to learn how to live underwater."
There is a bit of a misconception when it came to how the world flooded in the Noah story. The flood did not start with rain, rather, it started with the fountains of the great deep bursting apart, and the floodgates of the sky broke open (Genesis 7:11). It was a reversing of the process of creation. God removed the barriers and started over with chaos. I bring this up because it does seem like w…