I feel this sense of deja vu as we began to cancel plans and hunker down. Yes, the coronavirus-compelled communal self-quarantine descending upon our county, state and country felt vaguely familiar. Here's how we get through then and will now.
A year after the Borderline shooting and the SoCal fires, we reflect on the first person experiences, and explore Torah's insistence that we take action in the face of danger, including mass shootings and changes in climate.
Don't Wait: Lessons from my father-in-law Murray Novembert. (Yom Kippur sermon)
Facing the trauma after the fires. If it can happen to the rabbi, it can happen to you too...
To be a Jew today
Rabbi Paul Kipnes offers a definition for today's world.
It is time for us to lift the veil of silence around mental illness, talking about it and our mental health journeys. Especially in the Jewish community.
Teen Dani, an 11th grader, shared her mental health journey (through depression) to an overflowing synagogue on Yom Kippur.
What are Isaac's thoughts on the Akedah, when his dad almost sacrificed him? A first person perspective about sons and fathers.
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?
Lessons learned while taking their last breaths. Reflections on bikkur cholim (visiting the sick) with David and Jerry. A Yom Kippur sermon.
Be Chesed. In the midst of this election, choose unlimited overflowing love as your response. My Rosh Hashanah sermon
After attending the Republican Presidential Debate at the Reagan Library, I came away with 5 impressions that related Jews and the Jewish future.
Do you know what happens when we fail to correctly differentiate between need and want? In the space between those two concepts, that’s where sin is born.
We can listen better. Especially us, Jews and Jewish families, who are heirs to a tradition of compassion that calls us to bear witness to the vulnerable. Listen to people of color, to people struggling through life, to the people next door.