"When a Rabbi Sins." Rabbi Artson's Address to the Ordinands at the 2022 Ordination Ceremony of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.
None of us are islands, separate from the river of life and love that makes us who we are. Instead, as Judaism reminds us, we are the shared effort of many who supported and loved us, and they remain with us in each breathe.
The genius of Judaism has linked two separate phases of turning: a spiritual return to our truest selves, and a physical return into our bodies, our world, and as Jews, to Israel. This double teshuvah, spiritual and physical, personal and centered on Zion, invites us home on every level.
This week I participated in a Conservative Leadership Delegation to Israel to confer with Israel’s new President, cabinet ministers in the new coalition government, members of the Knesset from multiple political parties, and leadership of the Jewish Agency. I also spoke on two panels (with JTS’ chancellor and the CEO of the Rabbinical Assembly) on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday night.