Blog: Rabbi Taff

Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on September 5, 2018

The other night I was trying to put my 6 year old daughter, Eliana, to bed but she just wouldn’t go to sleep!  It was late, I was tired and all I wanted was for her to go to bed so I could have a moment to myself, but she had other plans. She just wasn’t tired and for good reason; she had fallen asleep earlier in the day (a practice she was not accustomed to doing) but I continued to put my needs above hers. “Eliana if you don’t stop talking and go to bed there will be no screens tomorrow” (the worst possible punishment for a 6 year old in the 21st century)- At which point Eliana got even louder, beginning to cry. “Eliana you are going to wake your sister! That’s it! No screens for two days!” (the crying got even louder!)

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on February 15, 2018

Today I held my daughter’s hand a little tighter than usual as I walked her into school.  On our drive to school this morning I had to change the radio station six times to prevent her six year old ears from hearing about 17 children, a little older but just like her, who were murdered, gunned down by a peer just yesterday in Parkland, Florida. I am in shock, but I shouldn’t be; this isn’t new to us. According to research done by the Washington Post, “Beginning with Columbine 19 years ago, more than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools have been exposed to a shooting on campus...that doesn’t count dozens of suicides, accidents and after-school assaults that have also exposed children to gunfire."

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on July 26, 2017

Camp might be the best place on earth. Just hear me out. Every morning our campers at Camp VBS are greeted with a warm welcome, a smile, an emphatic “Boker Tov!” They are escorted to their camp rooms where they again are received by warm and caring counselors.

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on March 5, 2015

Swastikas as lawn decorations in Sacramento.  A Jewish student thought to be unfit for a UCLA Judicial committee, solely because she is Jewish.

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on May 22, 2014

This week I had the amazing privilege of teaching an inter-generational Mishnah class to my 6th grade day school students and members of Chazak. The back and forth, the discussion, was truly representative of the mishnah from avot which states, Ezeh hu chacham? Halomed mi kola dam.

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on February 20, 2014

In full disclosure, I write this article not from the pulpit on high, but from the depths of parenthood and personhood, being a father, son, partner and friend.

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on August 1, 2013

Rabbi TaffOn July 4th, 1776, 56 representatives of the Continental congress gathered together to declare the indepe

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on January 22, 2013

Rabbi TaffIt is unfortunately too often that we find ourselves in situations where we witness atrocities; People persecuted an

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Posted by Rabbi Avi Taff on January 22, 2013

Rabbi TaffJewish News of Greater Phoenix
November 29, 2002/Kislev 24 5763

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