Join Rabbi Bradley Artson and Rabbi David Wolpe for a lively conversation about whether (and when) a rabbi should discuss politics from the pulpit. Humor and insight about when these two leading rabbis join forces!
Rabbi Artson preaches that we are not isolated individuals, but rather are knitted together by our memories, which we retain and which make us who we are. Our pervasive memories ensure that our loved ones are part of our very breathe, and that we are never alone.
Listen to Rabbi Artson’s stirring Kol Nidrei reminder of who we are in our core. On Yom Kippur, we strip away our titles and our connections to stand, like angels, as individuals, as we were when we were babies, as we shall be at our death. We purify ourselves in our solitary uniqueness to better be able to re-enter the relationships that make life so rich.
At the climax of a week-long dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem almost 3,000 years ago, King Solomon speaks to the uncontainable divine, greater than any building, to a Jewish people centered on Jerusalem but living everywhere, and to a united human family bigger than any faith or people. Come celebrate a biblical vision of unity and grandeur!
In a “culture of kvetch,” how do we lift ourselves to a life of real joy? Rabbi Artson charges us to shift the focus beyond ourselves, to share our joys and sorrows, to cultivate gratitude and to give others the benefit of the doubt. He invites not only future rabbis, but all of us, to stretch our souls to do the work of cultivating joy.
Rabbi Artson gave this Sermon on Leviticus at B’nai Jeshurun, the trail blazing congregation in New York City’s Upper West Side. Enjoy these thoughts on how our identity is shaped by those we love and the closeness that makes possible!
Join Rabbi Artson and the students of the Ziegler School in a Passover Lunch & Learn about Freedom: (1) Freedom emerges from authenticity and integrity, (2) Freedom is something we can’t do alone, (3) Freedom is justice & mercy, (4) Freedom is self-surpassing, and (5) Freedom must be learned.
What does it mean to renew? How is that connected with our renewing ourselves: as individuals, as Jews, as human beings? How does our being in covenant with a dynamic God unify our diverse communities, ground our justice and spiritual work, and give us wings? Listen and find inspiration in Rabbi Artson’s inspiring Keynote Address at the International Conference of the Rabbinical Assembly.
Let’s examine some Talmud and Midrashim (rabbinic Bible commentary) that show that God learns from human insight, that our taking a moral stand can nudge God and Torah toward greater compassion, individual dignity, and initiatives for peace.