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.
Pre-Passover Weekly Message - 2017/5777 I hope everyone's Pesach preparations are going well. Every year, we busy ourselves with kashering our kitchens, cleaning our homes from top to bottom, buying the appropriate kosher for passover foods (which often means wading through crowded aisles at kosher grocery stores), and of course, cooking if you are hosting a seder. Unfortunately, we must not only physically prepare for Passover, but spiritually prepare. In my weekly message, I have provided resources for both your physical and spiritual preparations for Pesach. 1. Passover Guide from the Rabbinical Assembly 2. Some divrei torah/sermons I have delivered/written over the past couple of weeks about the holiday of Passover and related themes. 3. Resources to spice up your Passover Seders 4. Face to face learning on Sunday and Monday. On Shabbat morning (tomorrow), join us for Shabbat HaGadol as we honor our graduating seniors and welcome a guest speaker (speaking after services),…
The Answer To Rising Waters Is Right In Front Of UsB’Shalach/Tu Bish'vat 5777/2017Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh A couple of years ago, during Parashat Noach, I gave a sermon that dealt with the issue of climate change and the role that we as humans have played in our changing environment. What was interesting was who was listening. In the congregation, there were a number of Canadian Jews. I’ll never forget the feedback I received from them in particular. “Rabbi, a good sermon, really, BUT…let me ask you something - you had a multi-national Jewish audience here listening to your sermon - why didn’t you speak about something that affects us all?!? I looked at him in a sort of disbelief. At first, I could not understand what he was talking about - isn’t a message about climate change davka something that affects us all?!? But then I realized what he was talking about - he didn’t think it was a particularly Jewish message. I am not for myself, who will be for me? As Je…