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Elul Teachings and Shofar Blowing

Click on the links below to enjoy a teaching a day and to hear the sound of the Shofar during the month of Elul. Teachings brought to you by Rabbi Spitz, Rabbi Robin Foonberg, Cantor Amy Robinson Katz and various congregants.       Date Teaching August 9, 2021 1 Elul Teaching – Rosh Hodesh…

“A Summation and My Psalm-like Poem”

What are my favorite Psalms? What is the nature of Psalms? Who wrote them? And how were they edited? What have I learned from sixteen months of learning and teaching Psalms? What has translating them taught me about poetry? To better understand the nature of Psalms and inspired, I have written my first such poem…

Psalm Conversation with Benjamin Segal

Rabbi Benjamin Segal, more than any other commentator, offered me insight into the literary artistry of the Psalms. Please join in a conversation with Rabbi Segal exploring what has drawn him to his in-depth study and what he believes that we as readers will gain from engagement with these ancient poems to God. Rabbi Segal…

Psalm Conversation with Rabbi Martin Cohen

Rabbi Martin Cohen is among the luminaries of the Conservative Movement today. Rabbi of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY for close to twenty years, he has authored many books, including novels and Jewish theology. In my preparation of Psalms, I regularly consulted his book, Our Haven and Our Strength: The Book of Psalms (Aviv Press,…

Jerusalem Post Opinion – Rabbi Spitz

My converts to Judaism should feel Jewish – opinion By ELIE KAPLAN SPITZ MAY 6, 2021 Rabbi David Eliezrie is my friend and yet, as a Conservative Rabbi, I see God and Judaism quite differently. I would want those whom I convert to know that in choosing Judaism they are joining the Jewish people, which includes a…