Sermon: Vayetze 5777
Sermon delivered on December 10, 2016 in honor of Sisterhood Shabbat at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El on the theme of Lessons on Leadership throughout the book of Genesis.
Sermon: Shabbat Shira 5776
Delivered on Shabbat Parashat Beshallach, January 23, 2016 at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El on the occasion of Shabbat Shira.
In an age when more and more synagogues are abandoning traditional prayer music, opting for sing-a-long melodies, we struggle to find the appropriate balance for maintaining a sense of tradition in congregational repertoire. However, we know that Jewish music has developed over centuries in anything but a vacuum, and therefor it must continue to adapt to modern ears and sensibilities.
This article was written for publication in 2015 in the Journal of Synagogue Music and was edited by Joe Levine. It is based on my master's thesis.
Introductory comments delivered April 15, 2015 at B'nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton, FL -- tribute to Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis z"l, and introduction to Ms. Stanlee Stahl, Executive VP of Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.
A d'var Torah delivered at B'nai Torah congregation on December 19, 2014 in memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis zt"l.
Comments delivered during Friday evening services as we received word of the deaths of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gil'ad Sha'er.
This thesis was written under the supervision of Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi (Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, IL). It was written in fulfillment of the requirements to earn my M.Mus. from The Jewish Theological Seminary's H.L. Miller Cantorial School.
Articles & Sermons
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