Read literally, the Bible can be a terrible book: a bullying patriarchal God who justifies slavery, rape, the marginalization of women and people with special needs. Shouldn’t we just close the Book of Books and run away? Rabbi Artson shows a better way: armed with a vision of justice, love, and peace, the Bible becomes the world’s most powerful tool for the dignity of all people, for living harmoniously with our planet, and for a vision of universal peace. We just need to learn to read it right!
Rabbi Artson opens worlds of science and Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), narrating the dramatic story of the birth of our cosmos (the way science understands it and the way Kabbalah intuits it) and the privilege we grasp when we participate in its becoming, for good!
In October’s Q&A, Rabbi Artson responds to issues of sexual harassment and the #MeToo campaign, how to create accountable institutions, what brings hope and joy, why does the High Priest need a rope when going into the Holy of Holies, business ethics and unintended consequences, rabbinical students and synagogue membership, and augmenting life outside of rabbinical school. All in one packed Q&A!
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.