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 […]

“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 […]

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  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]