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10/23/2019 11:22:13 AM

Oct23

Bereshit 2019: The Incendiary Choice
Rabbi Noah Farkas
Clergy Corner, October 23, 2019

One of the gifts I receive as a rabbi is to live and work...Read more...

Bamidbar: Mansion Mentality

06/05/2019 01:18:37 PM

Jun5

Bamidbar: Mansion Mentality
Rabbi Noah Farkas
Clergy Corner, June 5, 2019

This past weekend I performed a wedding at the most amazing mansion I've ever seen....Read more...

Kedoshim: Lie in Wait

05/08/2019 10:56:43 AM

May8

Kedoshim: Lie in Wait
Rabbi Noah Farkas
Clergy Corner, May 8, 2019

Hate is like...Read more...

Tazria: Eruption

04/03/2019 01:52:03 PM

Apr3

Tazria: Eruption
Rabbi Noah Farkas
Clergy Corner, April 3, 2019

Life blooms in an unending eruption of breath and color. At...Read more...

Pekudei: Absurd Faith

03/06/2019 03:54:36 PM

Mar6

Pekudei: Absurd Faith

 

As a rabbi, I have the honor to work closely with people experiencing homelessness. One of the advocates that I know, let's call her Tanya, tells me that the...Read more...

BESHALACH: RESISTING TEMPTATION

01/17/2019 01:17:03 PM

Jan17

BESHALACH: RESISTING TEMPTATION

The other night I was speaking at a Teach-in for a progressive Zionist organization called Zioness.  (Full disclosure, I am a founding board member). I had the honor to sit next to Emiliana Guereca, Founder and Executive Director of Women's March Los Angeles and a dynamic speaker.   Towards the end of the evening, a young participant asked us,

“What is the use...Read more...

VAYECHI: WHAT IS OUR LEGACY?

12/18/2018 04:13:48 PM

Dec18

VAYECHI: WHAT IS OUR LEGACY?

What will be our legacy? Every generation asks itself these questions. It's part of aging through life where we look to bridge past and future. Legacy gives us a sense that our life is worthwhile. It gives us the basis to believe that all our struggles and decisions in life can be framed in a way that can live on after us.  

It gives us a chance at immortality.

The book of Genesis ends...Read more...

Vayetze: God is Not in The Fire

11/15/2018 12:35:43 PM

Nov15

Vayetze: God is Not in The Fire

These past several weeks we have seen so much tragedy in my community. From the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, to another shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, to the raging fires across California. In my community alone, some 250,000 people have been displaced and hundreds of homes have been destroyed. Notably centers of our Jewish...Read more...

Why it Takes a Village

10/04/2018 01:37:53 PM

Oct4

Why it Takes a Village

Last Sunday we launched our mental health initiative called “So Healthy Together.” Over two hundred people came from all over the city to share their stories and learn from experts.  What I learned from our launch was that community is the most important aspect to helping prevent tragic loss like suicide to mental illness and to help survivors heal. The world is a lonely place and is only getting...Read more...

Hidden in Love: A Sermon on Mental Health

09/20/2018 11:13:01 AM

Sep20

Hidden in Love: A Sermon on Mental Health
© Rabbi Noah Farkas
Yom Kippur 5779/2018

For the past ten years I have lead a physician's talmud study group called Dinner for Docs. We meet about once a quarter, have some wine and eat a nice dinner. Then we engage in Talmud study. It was there that I really got to know Dr. Joe Beezy. He's sitting right over there. Joe and I became friends over a...Read more...

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