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November 4, 2021

The Two Torahs of Avraham - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Toldot

November 2, 2021

What Caused the Death of Rabbi Akiva’s Students?

October 28, 2021

The Power of Persistence - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Chayei Sarah

October 26, 2021

Where Does the Torah Live? Rabbi Eliezer, the Sages and a Problematic Oven

Part 1 of the Series: Stories of the Sages

October 7, 2021

Nature Vs. Humanity 

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Noach

September 30, 2021

Creative Creation - Digging into Parshat Bereishit

September 23, 2021

Complicating Happiness - Erev Shabbat Chol Hamoed Drasha

September 12, 2021

Aseret Yemei Teshuva Concert with Noah Bar-Shain, Tani Polansky, and Rabbi Gershon Albert

September 2, 2021

The Power and Vulnerability of Community - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Nitzavim

August 31, 2021

The Lights of Teshuva - Rav Kook's Concept of the Psychology of Return

 

August 19, 2021

New Fruits and New Years - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Ki Tavo

August 19, 2021

Teshuva Happens Together - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Ki Teitze

August 17, 2021

Rav Kook's Lights of Return (Part 1 of 3):

Explore Rav Kook’s mystical understanding of Teshuva through an in-depth learning of the Hebrew text (with translations).

August 12, 2021

The Double Torah - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Shoftim

Friday July 15, 2021

The Land of Desire? Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Devarim and Shabbat Chazon

Friday July 8, 2021

Why Should Jews Cry? Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Matot-Masei

Friday July 1st, 2021

Is it Good to be a Zealot? Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Pinchas

- In Memory (LeZecher Nishmat) of Moish / Mikel Estrin

June 24, 2021
Who Wrote This Week's Parsha? An Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Balak

June 17, 2021
The Case for Moderation - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Chukat

June 10, 2021
Did Korach Have a Point? Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Korach.

June 3, 2021
What Was the Sin of the Spies? Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Shelach

May 27, 2021
Defining Humility - Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parsha Behaalotcha

May 20, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha - How to Raise a Nazir.

Based on the Haftora for Parshat Nasso.

 

May 11, 2021

The Art of Ruth: Why Do Ruth & Boaz Fall in Love?

With Community Scholar Sarah Robinson

May 6, 2021

Behar - Finding Peace on the Mountain Top

 

May 5, 2021

May 4, 2021

Why Does Ruth Stay?

Ruth in Art (Part 1) - with CS Sarah Robinson

April 29, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Emor: How to Count the omer

April 27, 2021

Kidush levana and Tachanun with Rav Shua

April 22, 2021
Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: The Greatest Principle

April 20, 2021
Awaiting the Messiahs: The Second Class in a Two-Part Series with CS Rabbanit Michal Kohane

The First Flowering of Our Redemption:

Between Ancient Texts and Modern Politics

April 15, 2021
Bringing our Communities Back to Life

April 14, 2021
Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut together with CBI and BJC in a Tekes Ma'aver

We will commemorate and honor the lives we have lost in connection to our homeland, including a candle lighting which we invite you to light in your own homes along with us. Then we will transition to celebrating Israel's founding, Yom Ha'Atzmaut, with a musical Hallel. 

 

To watch the ceremony click the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pqx7bfmzpq4453n/Tekes%20Maavar%205781.mp4?dl=0

 

 

April 14, 2021

Yom Ha'atzmaut: A new holiday?

The First Flowering of Our Redemption: Between Ancient Texts and Modern Politics: A Two-Part Series with CS Rabbanit Michal Kohane

Written Sources

To watch 

 

 

April 11, 2021

Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Watch our intergenerational presentation of music, stories, and poetry to commemorate Yom HaShoah in this extraordinary time, featuring words of encouragement from local Holocaust survivors.

This event was jointly sponsored by Beth Jacob Congregation, Temple Beth Abraham, and Temple Sinai in Oakland.

April 8, 2021

Heaven Knocking on our Door: The Miracle of the State of Israel

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Shemini

April 1, 2021

The Metzorah & Pesach - Erev Chag Drasha with our Community Scholar Rabbanit Michal Kohane

March 24, 2021

The Missing Center of the Seder: Unearthing the Meaning of the Korban Pesach

Shabbat HaGadol Drasha 5781

March 18, 2021

Parshat Vayikra – Sweet Sacrifice

Written Drasha followed by sources:

DRASHA - Parshat Vayikra 5781 - Sweet Sacrifice.docx

March 16, 2021

Birkat HaGomel as a Tool to Facilitate Wellbeing
With Rabbinic Intern Ezra Cohen

March 11, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha - In Defense of Inconvenience.

March 9, 2021

The Psychology of Birkat HaGomel: Birkat HaGomel and Mental Illnes.

March 4, 2021

CONNECTING ON A COVID ANNIVERSARY: Marking One Year Since Closing Our Doors By Opening Our Hearts

Rabbanit Kohane's written thoughts: Between-Purim-and-Pesach

Rabbi Albert written notes: From Purim to Parah to Pesach: Creating Narratives of Meaning from Suffering

March 2, 2021

The Slifkin Mieselman Controversy: How the Conversation Continues

(Part 3 of the Series on Tradition and Scientific Innovation)

 

February 25, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha - The Year of Not Knowing: Reflections on Purim and Parshat Parah.

A written Drasha with Sources:

DRASHA - Parshat Tetzave Parshat Parah 5781 - The Year of Not Knowing Reflections on Purim and Parah.docx

 

February 24, 2021

On Giant Olives and Jumping Elephants: Oh, How the World Has Changed - Science and Torah Part 2

February 18, 2021

Remembering the Cold: Reflections on Zachor and the Vulnerability of Purim

February 16, 2021

Tradition and Scientific Innovation (Part 1) with Rav Shua Brick

Friends or Foes: Setting the Stage for Conflict.

 

February 14, 2021

Recipes for Prayer - Hearing is like Speaking: Making Meaning out of the Chazan's Repetition

Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

February 9, 2021

The Vice-Mayor of Oakland, Weekly Checkers and a Box of Matza: The Halachic Requirements for Eruv beyond the physical barriers Eruv-Making Part 3

A written Drasha with Sources:

SHIUR - Eruv-Making Part 3 - Mayors, Checkers, and Matzah

 

February 11, 2021

Parshat Mishpatim: How Did We Accept the Torah?

An analysis of the famous words of "Na'aseh VeNishma"; when they were spoken and what they mean.

A written Drasha with Sources:

DRASHA – Parshat Mishpatim 5781 – How Do We Accept the Torah.docx

 

February 4, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Yitro: Two Visions of Sinai

A written Drasha with Sources:

February 2, 2021

Eruv-Making (Part 2): Creating Eruv Boundaries.

A written version and sources for study can be found at Eruv-Making (Part 2): Creating Eruv Boundaries.

January 31, 2021

Recipes for Prayer: Reading the Torah or the Call of the Torah? Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

January 28, 2020

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Beshalach - What's the Purpose of Miracles?

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Beshalach - What's the Purpose of Miracles?

A written version and sources for study can be found at:Parshat Beshalach – The Purpose of Miracles

 

January 27, 2021

Demystifying Domains – Understanding the Biblical and Rabbinic laws around when, how and why an Eruv is required on Shabbat

Part One in our series on Eruv-Making

A written version and sources for study can be found at:

SHIUR - Eruv-Making Part 1 - Demystifying Domains

January 24, 2021

Recipes for Prayer - Raising our Hands: Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

January 22, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha for Parshat Bo: Leaving Egypt with Wealth

January 17, 2021

Recipes for Prayer - The Eloquence of the Tongue (Based on the Book by Rav Dov Zinger)

 

January 14, 2021

Erev Shabbat Drasha - Parshat Va'era: In Search of Good Leaders

A written version and sources for study can be found at In Search of Good Leaders

January 12, 2021

Emergency Triage and Administering Vaccines During COVID - with Rabbi Jason Weiner

 Fascinating lecture with Rabbi Jason Weiner, a noted expert on Jewish medical ethics and Halacha on this fascinating and essentially-important topic.

January 10, 2021

Recipes for Prayer - The Act of Listening to the Other

Recipes for Prayer - The Act of Listening to the Other…

January 5, 2021

Incredible Stories from the Front Lines: Confronting Complex Ethical Scenarios and Dilemmas in the Hospital

Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Jason Weiner

Incredible Stories from the Front Lines: Confronting Complex Ethical Scenarios and Dilemmas in the Hospital

January 3, 2021

Recipes for Prayer: The Power of Psalms - Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

Recipes for Prayer: The Power of Psalms - Based on the book by Rav Dov Zinger

Sat, November 27 2021 23 Kislev 5782