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.
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…