What Torah Doesn’t Say

Sometimes it’s what Torah doesn’t say. Listen to Torah’s silence and she might reveal whole new worlds just waiting for you to hear them into being. With this week’s Parashat Terumah, Torah begins… Continue reading

Live Like You’re Dying

Parashat Vayehi 5780 A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayehi By Rabbi David Markus This last Torah portion of the Book of Genesis (Vayeḥi) concludes the drama of Jacob, Joseph and his brothers. The… Continue reading

Parking lot angels, intercessory prayer, and being real

Parashat Hayei Sarah A D’var Torah for Parashat Hayei Sarah By Rabbi David MarkusI stopped counting how often I hear, “God loves me: I got a great parking spot.” Even some clergy, spiritual… Continue reading

Yom Kippur 5780: Waking Up In Hospice

Gut yuntif.  From my soul to yours, may this year’s next turning of soul be for a year of true goodness and deep meaning for us all. As some of you know, I spent… Continue reading

Making sense of spiritual lag

Rosh Hashanah brings a spiritual lag between the year’s reboot and Torah’s reboot, like our northern latitude’s seasonal lag between sun angle and temperature. This spiritual lag raises two questions. First, shouldn’t Rosh Hashanah,… Continue reading

The Soul of Action: The Risks We Must Take

Shanah tovah!  Welcome, all you beautiful souls, to our year 5780 – may it be sweet and full of goodness. Tonight we come together to reaffirm Jewish life – for community, continuity and comfort.  We come… Continue reading

Things That Can’t Be Forgiven?

“Are there things that can’t be forgiven?” Jewish law deemed some acts so heinous that only death atoned – and then only with repentance (Yoma 86a; Hilchot Teshuvah 1:1). And even with repentance,… Continue reading

Looking for Love in All the Rough Places

A D’var Torah for Parashat Va’ethanan By Rabbi David Markus It’s fitting that the “Jewish greatest hits” of Parashat Va’ethanan come immediately after Tisha b’Av. After our spiritual calendar’s lowest day, Torah promises that anyone who… Continue reading

Lighting Us Up: Theology, Pluralism and Becoming the Menorah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Beha’alotekha by Rabbi David Markus What does God need of our spirituality, what do we need of it, and how do we know? These questions cast long theological… Continue reading

Yom Kippur Asks “Answers” – Not Just “Afflictions”

Yom Kippur Asks “Answers” – Not Just “Afflictions” A D’var Torah for Parashat Acharei Mot By Rabbi David Markus This week’s parashah (Acharei Mot) brings Torah’s first mention of Yom Kippur (#sorry), so each year… Continue reading