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Is Torah True? Part 2

October 19, 2016

Is Torah true? It really depends on your definition of the word “true.” I am not parsing words here. The truth of Torah truly depends on what we mean by truth.


Is Torah True? Part 1

October 19, 2016

Is Torah True? Is there a difference between scientific truth and religious truth? Does Torah offer us answers to the how or the why of creation?


Preparing to Breathe Your Last Breath: Lessons Learned While Sitting with Jerry and David

October 13, 2016

Lessons learned while taking their last breaths. Reflections on bikkur cholim (visiting the sick) with David and Jerry. A Yom Kippur sermon.


Heal from this Election Cycle… Be Chesed

October 4, 2016

Be Chesed. In the midst of this election, choose unlimited overflowing love as your response. My Rosh Hashanah sermon


Why did we have to stand up so long? (Torah Portion Nitzavim)

October 1, 2016

Torah commentary on Nitzavim: Why did the people have to stand up so long?

In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 photo Touro Synagogue, the nation's oldest, is seen from the "ladies gallery" in Newport, R.I. Women attend synagogue seated on the second floor while men take their places on the ground floor. A federal judge has allowed the state of Rhode Island to intervene in a fight over the future of the synagogue by a lawsuit, due for trial Monday, June 1, which pits the nation's first Jewish congregation in New York City against the congregation that worships at the 250-year-old Touro Synagogue.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Touro Synagogue, Oldest Jewish Synagogue in United States

September 18, 2016

The history of Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the United States, offers lessons about social justice and religious tolerance that resonate even today. Video written & directed by Seth Front: http://sethfront.com “Shalom Rav” Performed by Nancy Linder: http://nancylinder.com Music by Jeff Klepper & Dan Freelander


A Sanctuary of Kindness, Your Second Home

August 14, 2016

The clergy of Congregation Or Ami (Calabasas) share their vision of the synagogue as a sanctuary of kindness, your second home.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes in Car

Car Accident, Rape, and the Responsibility of Standing Up to be Counted

June 10, 2016

How a car accident and a rape teaches us about the responsibility to stand up and be counted.

Henaynu, We are Here because We Care

A Prayer for these Fire-Filled Days

June 5, 2016

A Prayer for during a Fire: Our God and God of our fathers and mothers, as the flames burn, wreaking havoc upon our homes, our hills, our fire fighters, our sense of security, we turn to You for comfort and support.