On Hurricane Sandy: Thoughts and Actions from Rabbi David

Ecologist and social critic Bill McKibben has written clearly and effectively about why we need to understand the damage of the hurricane which hit the East Coast as the product of human decision-making and how we need to be active on the issue of global climate change.  READ THE ARTICLE HERE> Several activists have also […]

“Embracing Uncertainty: A Sermon for Kol Nidrey Night” by Rabbi David J. Cooper

The energy of attempt is greater than the surety of stasis Mary Oliver   In late June, I was in New York and I had my first opportunity to go to the Pride Parade in Manhattan. Marilyn and I sat on the sidewalk on 5th avenue with her friend Mimi. For some reason, as my […]

Rabbi David’s Cholent in the J Weekly

  Faith Kramer, the food specialist in the local Jewish paper, the J Weekly, has printed my veggie cholent recipe slightly varied by emendations of hers, for her article on  Rosh Hashana Food: Local rabbis savor the flavor —  and symbolism — of holiday foods She cites my thoughts on cholent as a metaphor for […]

On Hearing of Shulamith Firestone’s Death

by Rabbi David J. Cooper [Upon receiving an email from Hannah Kranzberg about S. Firestone’s passing.]  I just read this. Thank you Hannah for sending this out.  This hits me pretty hard actually. I was in a socialist feminist study group in the early 70’s called the Kollontai Collective.  Shulamith Firestone’s Dialectic of Sex was […]

Star of David – or Not

Star of David or Not by Rabbi David J. Cooper Our Bar Bat Mitzvah Program Director and Kehilla Spiritual Leader Sandra Razieli recently forwarded to me a question from one of our students about why we didn’t have the six-pointed Star of David prominently displayed in our sanctuary, such as on our Torah ark. The […]

Solitary Confinement as Torture: One Jewish View

By Rabbi David J. Cooper, Kehilla Community Synagogue, May 24, 2012 I will begin with the assumption that solitary confinement is torture. I have this on good information from the National Religious Committee Against Torture and they have it on good information from those who have directly experienced such confinement. Torture must be clearly called […]

Skyboxification and Emmanuel Levinas

Skyboxification and Levinasby Rabbi David  In the May 12 New York Times, Tom Friedman comments on Michael Sandel’s new book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. The part of Friedman’s comments that most jumped out at me is Sandel’s invention of the word “skyboxification,” as in “the skyboxification of American society.”  What […]

On Lag Ba-Omer: A thought on Numbering our Days

Faith Reflection on May 10, 2012 at the National Steering Committee meeting of the PICO NetworkOn Lag Ba-Omer: A thought on Numbering our Days by Rabbi David J. Cooper  My text today is psalm 90:12 It literally translates as:“That we number our days, thus do teach us, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”Limnot […]

Rabbi David’s thoughts on Mashiach/Messiah

The pre-eminent Jewish magazine, MOMENT, has an issue this month dedicated to the concept of Messiah. In their “Ask the Rabbis” column, rabbis from different movements are asked to comment on the question “Are Jews Still Awaiting the Messiah?” I was asked to write an opinion coming from a Jewish Renewal approach. I’m not sure […]

A Shabbat Morning with Adrienne Rich’s words

In memory of Adrienne Rich we included segments of her work in Shabbat Morning service on March 31 which connected to the prayers of the morning.   For the V-Ahavta of the Shma: “It will take all your heart, it will take all your breathIt will be short, it will not be simple” ― Adrienne […]