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.
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.
You can find some of these articles on www.theshpiel.org, the only student run Jewish newspaper in the country. As a campus rabbi at UF Hillel, I have the privelage of writing articles once a month for them. Please click on them to read and please post some feedback.
Another Inspirational Ramah Story David Baum and Ramah Darom Interviewed by Rabbi Mitch Cohen on June 29, 2007David Baum is a 4th year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has spent nine summers at Camp Ramah Darom. As a freshman at the University of Florida in the late 1990's, never in his wildest dreams did he think that he would pursue a career as a Jewish professional, much less as a rabbi! Yet that is exactly his current career path and way of life, inspired mostly by his years of experiential learning and leadership at Camp Ramah, and the impact of his mentor and friend, RabbiLorenSykes.Last summer Dave was the Rosh Tefilah, helping with tefilah education for all the campers and staff, as part of Ramah's overall efforts to teach prayer skills, and to instill a deepened sense of spirituality. Over the years Dave has also served as a counselor, a rosh edah, director of staff learning, a yoetz (parent liaison and staff trainer), and a Juda…