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 […]