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CLASS
1 month ago • Jun 3, 2024
Intro to R’ Nachman with Rabbi Deborah Silver
In this short course we will explore a single soul-related theme every week.
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
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CLASS
1 month ago • May 30, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Take Warning
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
Sermon
1 month ago • May 23, 2024
Learning with R’Chaim Seidler-Feller
CLASS
1 month ago • May 23, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – The End of Slavery
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
1 month ago • May 20, 2024
Intro to R’ Nachman Part 2
In this short course we will explore a single soul-related theme every week.
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
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CLASS
2 months ago • May 16, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Counting the Omers
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
2 months ago • May 13, 2024
Intro to R’ Nachman with Rabbi Deborah Silver
Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav (1772-1810) was one of Hasidism’s greatest spiritual seekers. In this short course, we will explore a single soul-related theme every week. We will discover Rabbi Nachman’s teachings, integrate them with our own experience, and hope to emerge with deeper wisdom, greater insight – and a new practice or two to enrich our own lives
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
CLASS
2 months ago • May 9, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Kedoshim Couplets
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
2 months ago • May 9, 2024
Learning Series with Rabbi Chaim Feidler-Seller
Join Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller for a timely and sensitive 3-part series. With 40 years of experience as the Executive Director of UCLA Hillel, Rabbi Seidler-Feller offers a nuanced and unique perspective on the current moment and how we got here.
CLASS
2 months ago • May 2, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – A Queasy Land
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
3 months ago • Apr 11, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Magic 8
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
3 months ago • Mar 28, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Concessions to Human Nature
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
4 months ago • Mar 14, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Building a Home for God
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
CLASS
4 months ago • Mar 7, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Broken Torah for Broken People
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
4 months ago • Feb 29, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – The Origins of Yom Kippur Liturgy
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
4 months ago • Feb 22, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Everyday Torah
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
5 months ago • Feb 15, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – The Third Rail
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
5 months ago • Feb 1, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Trusting Moshe
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
5 months ago • Jan 25, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Life After Passover
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
6 months ago • Jan 18, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Don’t Delay!
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
6 months ago • Jan 11, 2024
Parsha Study with Rabbi David Kasher – Shortness of Breath
Join us for a literary study of the text of the Torah, aided by the keen eyes of the classical commentators. This class is co-sponsored by Hadar.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
CLASS
7 months ago • Dec 13, 2023
Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel — Class 5
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
CLASS
6 months ago • Dec 21, 2023
Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel — Class 6
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
CLASS
7 months ago • Nov 29, 2023
Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel — Class 4
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
CLASS
7 months ago • Nov 21, 2023
Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel — Class 3
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
CLASS
8 months ago • Nov 8, 2023
Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel — Class 1
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
CLASS
8 months ago • Nov 16, 2023
Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel — Class 2
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
CLASS
1 year ago • Jul 17, 2023
The Journey to Wholeness Begins Now, with Rabbi Deborah Silver — Class 2
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
CLASS
1 year ago • Jul 7, 2023
The Journey to Wholeness Begins Now, with Rabbi Deborah Silver — Class 1
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
CLASS
1 year ago • May 17, 2023
Jewish Objects Hiding In Plain Sight — Class 4
They are right there…but how much do we really know about the Jewish objects that are so familiar to us? Our candlesticks, our kippot, our mezuzot and more hide in plain sight but we may never have fully turned paid attention to them. We will take a deeper dive into what they are and what they mean, bringing our own stories about them and memories of them into dialogue with the texts of our tradition. Be ready for a few surprises!
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
CLASS
1 year ago • May 9, 2023
Jewish Objects Hiding In Plain Sight — Class 3
They are right there…but how much do we really know about the Jewish objects that are so familiar to us? Our candlesticks, our kippot, our mezuzot and more hide in plain sight but we may never have fully turned paid attention to them. We will take a deeper dive into what they are and what they mean, bringing our own stories about them and memories of them into dialogue with the texts of our tradition. Be ready for a few surprises!
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
CLASS
1 year ago • Apr 25, 2023
Jewish Objects Hiding In Plain Sight — Class 2
They are right there…but how much do we really know about the Jewish objects that are so familiar to us? Our candlesticks, our kippot, our mezuzot and more hide in plain sight but we may never have fully turned paid attention to them. We will take a deeper dive into what they are and what they mean, bringing our own stories about them and memories of them into dialogue with the texts of our tradition. Be ready for a few surprises!
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
Sermon
1 year ago • Dec 21, 2022
Hanukkah Night 4: The Last People in the Shuk – Hanukkah Kavannot 2022/5783
Hanukkah Kavanot 2022/5783 Sermon. My name is Ronit Tsadok. I’m one of the rabbis here at IKAR. The question that I want to think about together tonight is when should we be lighting Hanukkah candles? In the Talmud, Masekhet Shabbat 21B asks this question and says, “From the time that the sun sets up until the time that the foot traffic ends in the shuk, in the marketplace, and specifically the Talmud says until the feet of the tarmoda’ei are done in the shuk. We’ll understand that a little bit better in a second. But what does it mean that we light from when it’s dark until the last people leave the marketplace? So, there’s one explanation that’s the most well-known explanation, which is whenever you’re able to light anywhere between those times, then you can light because we need to make sure that we’re performing the mitzvah, the obligation, of pirsumei nisa, of publicizing the miracle by having our Hanukkah candles in our window or outside our door. And it needs to be seen by people. And so as long as there are people leaving the shuk, leaving the marketplace, we can still light our candles. So those can be seen. But there’s another interpretation in the Talmud that’s actually really interesting and gives us a little insight and a different way of looking at this mitzvah, of putting our light in the windowsill. And that says that actually the time of lighting the candles whenever we light it has to be able to last all the way until those last people, the tarmoda’ei leave the marketplace. It’s not about us. It’s actually in some ways about the people who are out there working late into the night. So who are the tarmoda’ei? Rashi a famous Rabbinic commentator, says they’re the ones who were collecting wood. They were collecting wood once everyone else had left the market. So that if I went home at 6:00 or 7:00 and realized at 9:00 or 10:00 or 11:00 that I didn’t have enough wood to heat my home I would go out, and I would be able to buy it from them, the people who are working late into the night for us. And so what does this interpretation offer us? Well, it’s less about my candles being the light and being seen by other people. And maybe it’s a little bit more about us making sure that we see them and that we pay attention to people who are out there in the world, long after we’ve made it home and are cozy in our homes ourselves. To ensure that we’re actually seeing their light, these tarmoda’ei, the people who collected wood are literally the people who enable us to have light in our homes. What do we need to do in order to see those who are still out in the world, those who are helping to make it possible for us to have light in our homes? We need to see them and look into their eyes, to recognize their value and their dignity, and shine our light in both directions. Hanukkah Sameah.
By: Rabbi Ronit Tsadok
Sermon
1 year ago • Dec 20, 2022
Hanukkah Night 3: Hanukkah Means Home – Hanukkah Kavannot 2022/5783
Hanukkah Kavanot 2022/5783 Sermon. Hag Sameah everybody, I’m Hillel Tigay. I’m the Hazzan here at IKAR, and I’m happy to be able to be sharing with you the blessings for lighting the Hanukkah candles. My two favorite Jewish holidays are Pesah/Passover and Hanukkah. Why? Because they’re ones that are largely celebrated in the home with the family and not publicly in the synagogue. My favorite parts of both of those are actually singing and harmonizing with my daughters. But they couldn’t be here today with us because I couldn’t come up with the bribe money to get them here. They’re that age. Anyway, I’m going to start with the blessing before the candle lighting to light your shamash and get ready to light the first candles. Barukh Ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik neir shell Hanukkah Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam she-asah nisim la-avoteinu ba-yamim ha-heim ba-z’man ha-zeh Hag sameah everybody!
By: Hazan Hillel Tigay
CLASS
2 years ago • Jul 11, 2022
Grow Greener with Native Plants
By: IKAR
Sermon
2 years ago • Jan 24, 2022
BEST BOOK EVER Kosher Heresy – Parshat Mishpatim
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. “This week,” says Rabbi Kasher, “we are going to look at an idea that seems so far outside of mainstream Jewish thought that if I came up with it myself, they’d kick me right out of Judaism!”
Sermon
2 years ago • Jan 20, 2022
BEST BOOK EVER BONUS CLASS Our Dangerous God – Parshat Yitro
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. https://media.blubrry.com/ikarpodcast/content.blubrry.com/ikarpodcast/JAN_20_PARSHACLASS.mp3
Sermon
2 years ago • Jan 17, 2022
BEST BOOK EVER Relatives and Revelations – Parshat Yitro
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. Why is the most important parsha in the Torah named after a foreign priest?
Sermon
2 years ago • Jan 10, 2022
BEST BOOK EVER: Water Everywhere – Parshat Beshalah
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. Water is the dominant motif in this week’s Parsha. Almost every event in the reading centers in some way around water: splitting water, begging for water, sweetening water, drawing water from a rock. Why so much talk about water? The Talmud provides us with some symbolism that will lend a new layer of meaning to all these watery scenes.
Sermon
2 years ago • Jan 7, 2022
BBE New Year’s Torah – Parshat Bo
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. Right in the middle of all the action in the Exodus story – with the plagues devastating the land and the Israelites preparing to leave Egypt – the Torah suddenly pauses to introduce us to… the calendar?! This week I’m remembering an old friend who once taught me just how important this moment was.
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 30, 2021
BBE BONUS CLASS: A Bridegroom of Blood – Parshat Shemot
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon.
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 27, 2021
Ep 14: Stopping the Spread – Parshat Va’era
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. Our experience of the pandemic has us asking all kinds of new questions about the Ten Plagues. Rabbinic tradition has answers, but they will take us into a very different reality. https://media.blubrry.com/bestbookever/content.blubrry.com/bestbookever/Best_Book_Ever_Ep_14_v2.mp3
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 16, 2021
BBE BONUS CLASS Jacob’s Obsession – Parshat Vayechi
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. The family is back together again. Years of bitterness and resentment have been healed. Finally we’re on the right track. But Jacob just can’t let go of his great obsession…
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 20, 2021
Ep 13: One Little Verse – Parshat Shemot
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. How much work can one little verse do? We put that question to the test with the seventh verse in the Book of Exodus.
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 13, 2021
Ep 12: Zombie Love – Parshat Vayehi
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. “Our Father Jacob never died.” That’s what our rabbis tell us. But he was embalmed and buried! So what could they mean?
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 13, 2021
BONUS CLASS: The Woman Between the Walls – Parshat Vayigash
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. 70 people went down to Egypt. But we only count 69! Who’s missing? The woman between the walls.
Sermon
2 years ago • Dec 6, 2021
Ep 11: A New Approach – Parshat Vayigash
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. This book has been analyzed and interpreted for millennia – so how can there possibly be anything left to say? But thanks to the concept of ‘hiddush,’ there’s always room for a new approach.
Sermon
2 years ago • Nov 29, 2021
Ep 10: Torah Dreams – Parshat Mikeitz
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. Joseph rises to power in Egypt on the strength of his dream interpretations. But where did he learn how to do this so convincingly? Listen carefully, and you’ll find out.
Sermon
2 years ago • Nov 22, 2021
Ep 9: Weird, Wild Stuff – Parshat Vayeishev
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. The rabbis of the Talmud dig their fingers into the Joseph story and come up with some weird, wild stuff.
Sermon
2 years ago • Nov 15, 2021
Ep 8: Vampire Torah – Parshat Vayishlah
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. There’s a vampire hiding in your Torah. To find him, you’ll have to connect the dots.
Sermon
2 years ago • Nov 8, 2021
Ep 7: Talking Rocks – Parshat Vayetzei
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. A talking snake. A talking donkey. And now… talking rocks! Are we really supposed to believe this stuff?! A 16th-century Jewish philosopher offers us a novel approach for reading the wildest texts in our religious tradition.
Sermon
2 years ago • Nov 1, 2021
Ep 6: Playing Favorites – Parshat Toldot
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. In this week’s parsha, parents are playing favorites – and so is Rabbi Kasher.
Sermon
2 years ago • Oct 25, 2021
Ep 5: Kindred Spirits – Parsha Hayei Sara
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. A Kabbalistic legend traces the Abrahamic family tree to a mysterious village of wise ones who possess great spiritual gifts. A 17th-century Hebrew printer thinks he’s figured out where it is.
CLASS
1 year ago • Apr 18, 2023
Jewish Objects Hiding In Plain Sight — Class 1
They are right there…but how much do we really know about the Jewish objects that are so familiar to us? Our candlesticks, our kippot, our mezuzot and more hide in plain sight but we may never have fully turned paid attention to them. We will take a deeper dive into what they are and what they mean, bringing our own stories about them and memories of them into dialogue with the texts of our tradition. Be ready for a few surprises!
By: Rabbi Deborah Silver
Sermon
2 years ago • Oct 18, 2021
Ep 4: Be Disturbed. Be Very Disturbed. – Parshat Vayera
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. The Binding of Isaac is such a nightmarish tale that it can leave us wondering how a holy book can contain such horrors. But what if the horror is intentional?   Follow and listen on Apple Podcast + Spotify
Sermon
2 years ago • Oct 11, 2021
Ep 3: Children of the Torah – Parshat Lekh Lekha
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. The story of Abraham begins with a thundering call to action, but then quickly starts to sound like a travel itinerary. Why does the Torah give us all the little details of the journey? There are lessons for the future hidden here, if we know how to read the signs.   Follow and listen on Apple Podcast
Sermon
2 years ago • Oct 4, 2021
Ep 2: What’s Wrong with Noah?
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. “Noah saved all animal species – and humanity itself – from extinction. He’s the ultimate hero! We should be singing his praises every day! But…there’s something wrong with Noah.”   Follow and listen on Apple Podcasts
Sermon
2 years ago • Sep 30, 2021
Ep 1: Naked Torah – Parshat Bereishit
Best Book Ever – Rabbi David Kasher Sermon. In this week’s episode (Naked Torah – Parshat Bereishit), we examine the famous story of the Garden of Eden, and ask the question, “Is the forbidden fruit really just a metaphor for sex?” Answer: sort of, but not like you think.   Follow and listen on Apple Podcast
Passover
3 years ago • Mar 23, 2021
The IKAR (Essence) of the Haggadah
Sermon
5 years ago • May 16, 2019
Learning with R’Chaim Seidler-Feller
How religion and God Consciousness nurture the development of an ethical personality and compel the pursuit of universal justice.