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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Shabbat Va'etchanan - What to Expect?
Shabbat Va'etchanan What to Expect?
Friday night - A fun lively musical service for all ages led by Cantor Yakov Hadash with dinner!
During/Post-dinner - a Torah discussion led by Rabbi Baum at my table.
In this week's parashah, Va'etchanan, Moses gets some bad news (again): He isn't going to the Promised Land with the Children of Israel. But honestly, isn't this the experience that every generation of parents grapples with? God willing, our children will live many fruitful years after we have left this earth, the question is, how will the ethics and lessons we teach them help them on their journeys? What does it mean to be good? How should we treat others?
Our weekly Shabbat service begins at 9:30 am
Our new learners' service will begin at 10:00 am - 11:15 am at the Annex
11:15 am - Sermon: Love is Love is Love - But What Is Love?
12:00 pm - Kiddish (or come JFK - Just for Kiddish and Shmooze)
In our parashah this week, we read the famous line, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all of your soul, with all your might..." But what does it mean to love? The last two weeks, I had a truly remarkable experience with close to 50 young Jewish Milleniuls. Together, we learned about Jewish friendship and the ethics of Jewish dating. I taught them Torah, but they taught me some Torah of their own: their experience dating in the 21st Century. During my talk, I'll share some insights from this week's parashah and teach you the Torah that I learned in the last two weeks.
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…