Author Archives: rabbisteinman

About rabbisteinman

I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.

Holy Ground? – Shemot 5781

It has been a difficult few days. The abhorrent violence in our nation’s Capitol on Wednesday has left many scared, angry, and sleepless. Whatever our political leanings, the desecration through violence of the halls of Congress and the hate-filled, antisemitic, … Continue reading

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A blessing for 2021

As the sun sets and the first Shabbat of 2021 begins, and we read the final words of the book of Genesis. In this portion, Jacob blesses his children as he prepares for death. So, on this Shabbat I too … Continue reading

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Shoulda, woulda, coulda: A sermon for Vayeitze

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda When I was growing up and would suffer a disappointment, losing a soccer game because an opposing player found the back of the net despite my efforts as goalie, not being cast in a role I wanted … Continue reading

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10 years

Tonight, the 5th day of Kislev, I will light a yartzeit candle before we kindle the Shabbat candles to mark my mom’s yartzeit. 10 years ago according to the Hebrew calendar, my mom died. (Thanks to my amazing wife for … Continue reading

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To Pray for Healing is to be Human

Here is a recording of my Rosh Hashanah sermon.

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To Pray for Healing is to be Human

  Below is the text of my Rosh Hashanah morning sermon delivered to the beautiful souls of Temple Beth Shalom, Austin. Once upon a time, Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Akiba were strolling in the streets of Jerusalem. They noticed someone … Continue reading

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Don’t become paralyzed with fear

My sermon from tonight, Parshat Va’etchanan, Shabbat Nachamu Don’t Become Paralyzed by Fear, in memory of Rep. John Lewis There is a tremendous amount of disappointment in our lives today. We’ve cancelled vacations, missed eating with friends at restaurants, there … Continue reading

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My favorite teacher

Dear AE (initials only for privacy), I saw your social media post announcing your retirement from teaching after an incredible 33 years. I know that we have not been in touch formally, though we are friends on Facebook. It seemed … Continue reading

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What a Basketball Star Teaches about Antisemitism

Here is my sermon from Friday night. As a kid growing up in Los Angeles there were many advantages. Surely one of them were the Los Angeles Lakers of 1987 and 1988. Playing center was the graceful Kareem Abdul-Jabbar whose … Continue reading

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Passover 5780/2020

Every time I open my refrigerator I can smell it. That pungent, spicy horseradish root is permeating the space and wafts out the fridge door every time I open it. Passover is coming and my maror (bitter herb) is ready. … Continue reading

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