Gaalti: I Will Redeem You
(Prepared for my Ordination Ceremony January 15, 2017) I had the privilege of sharing the Ordination stage with four extraordinary women. We came from a variety of backgrounds, and each of us had a story to tell. Each of us shared a little about our paths to that day. But more importantly, we spoke of our visions for the future. We are a living in troubled, turbulent times. As we took on the mantle of becoming rabbis and cantor, we stepped forward with both fears and hopes,
What Happens When the Rebbe Dies?
(Prepared for a teaching before Shabbat candle lighting January 13, 2017) Divine sovereignty and human agency. From revelation to interpretation. What happens when the rebbe dies? A teaching inspired by Dr. Micah Goodman, a Shalom Hartman Institute scholar. There is a classic talmudic text that implies that, after the death of our teacher Moses, the role of prophets and the appeal to revelation became irrelevant to the problem of ascertaining the correct understanding of t