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Latest Blog Posts

Prayer for After the Election

November 8, 2016

A prayer for after the Election

Mitzvah Day Video – Are you Ready to Volunteer

November 1, 2016

Volunteering to pack comfort bags on Mitzvah Day for children entering the foster care system is one step on the path to peace. Show up at Congregation Or Ami on November 6th.

Holding Torah During Kol Nidre

October 30, 2016

Brad Halpern of Congregation Or Ami, Calabasas, CA reflects on the meaning of holding Torah on Kol Nidre.

Teens Take Over High Holy Day Children’s Services

October 27, 2016

Wouldn’t your heart soar too, if children left the High Holy Day children’s program and services kvelling? When older teens lead and mentor younger teen leaders, they felt energized as they passed on the responsibility of Jewish educational leadership to their younger peers?

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?