Posted on September 14, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join our Ziegler students for this semester’s first open mic Q & A session with our Dean, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson.  Topics covered in this session range from politicians in Talitot, to questions for the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, to God’s favorite languages and the physical characteristics of angels!

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join our Ziegler Students for the opening breakfast and study session of our new, fall term.  In this class, Rabbi Artson asks, “Why do we study Torah?”  To which he offers a seemingly radical, yet traditionally rooted answer, “Our Torah study has the power to revive God.”

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

In honor of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies 20th Anniversary, our dean, Rabbi Brad Artson, shared these powerful words on the future of our Conservative movement.  “We have work to do,” Rabbi Artson insists.  Advocating for a Judaism that cares to learn the latest insights of the natural and social sciences, and is deeply literate in the Torah, our dean argues that we must apply that broad wisdom to the challenges of our day, and live our Torah as only our generation can,  spreading healing, human decency, compassion and inclusivity to the world.

Posted on June 8, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

In honor of Shavuot, and the anniversary of our encounter with the Divine at Sinai, we bring you a new sermon from our dean, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson.  In this address to the IKAR community in LA, Rabbi Artson shares the Bible’s counter cultural vision of the origin of evil – “Weak people do evil in the world because they believe their worth comes from their ability to control” – and it’s prescription for repair, the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years.

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Listen in to this latest podcast from Ziegler Torah to hear what’s on the minds of our Ziegler students, and our dean, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, in this special, Ides of March, edition of “Questions and Answers from the Bel Air Beit Midrash!”

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join us in the Ziegler Beit Midrash as our Dean, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, shares a beautiful text from Shir Ha-Shirim Rabba on what happens to our Torah when we share it with others.

Posted on February 3, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join our Ziegler School rabbinical students in sunny Bel Air, CA for this month’s open mic Q and A session with Rabbi Artson.   February’s highlights include questions about: Religious responses to global warming;  What can our communities learn from the Gafni affair; The newly announced plan for an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel; Best practices when offering rabbinic counseling; and… Rabbi Artson’s pick for Super Bowl 50!

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Judaism has undergone great transitions in the past century:  Offering an ethnic haven for newcomers; then, after World War II, a catalyst for engagement in the broader culture.  Standing on these successes, today’s seekers long for wisdom to thrive and live with meaning.  Fortunately, Judaism is one of the world’s great wisdom traditions.

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join us at the Ziegler School on a rare overcast Los Angeles day as our dean, Rabbi Brad Artson, answers students’ questions about the recent resolution by the Rabbinical Council of America condemning the ordination of women as rabbis, and on the legacy of Prime Minister Yitchak Rabin z”l at the occasion of his 20th yarhzeit.

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Join us and listen in to a funny and subversive, but also deep conversation about “what I love about Judaism,” between our dean, Rabbi Brad Artson, and Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple.