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Elul – Introspection and Self-Assessment

ELUL – INTROSPECTION AND SELF-ASSESSMENT
a sermon by the Reverend Paul Oakley
10:00 AM, Sunday, August 12, 2018

 

 

Yesterday evening at sunset, a new Jewish month began, the last month of the Jewish year. With the setting sun, we moved from the 30th of … read more.

Miriam, Moses, and the Case of the Burbling Rock

MIRIAM, MOSES, AND THE CASE OF THE BURBLING ROCK
a Torah teaching on Numbers 19:1 – 22:1 by the Rev. Paul Oakley
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
UUA General Assembly 2018, Kansas City, Missouri
7:00 PM, Friday, June 22, 2018

 

 

In the Unitarian Universalist congregation … read more.

“The Lord Bless You and Keep You”

PARASHAT NASO: BIRKAT KOHANIM
“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” (Numbers 6:22–27)
a D’var Torah by the Rev. Paul Oakley
in pulpit exchange at Temple House of Israel
Staunton, Virginia
7:30 PM, Friday, May 25, 2018

 

Shabbat Shalom!

 

How many of you watched the … read more.

Chanukah, It’s Complicated

CHANUKAH – IT’S COMPLICATED
sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, December 17, 2017

 

 

Tonight Jews all over the world will light six candles on the chanukiah, the eight-branched-plus-one menorah that is lighted through the eight days of Chanukah. Each night of … read more.

The Hole That Ate Korach

THE HOLE THAT ATE KORACH
a teaching by the Rev. Paul Oakley
on the Torah portion Korach
Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness
UUA General Assembly 2017
5:00 PM, Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

In Ellen Frankel’s Torah commentary titled The Five Books … read more.

Atonement – Making Things Right

ATONEMENT – MAKING THINGS RIGHT
a sermon by the Rev. Paul Oakley
11:00 AM, Sunday, October 9, 2016

 

Chanukah is easy. You light candles for eight nights. And eat latkes and sufganiyot. You spin the dreydl. You eat chocolate Chanukah gelt. You sing Chanukah … read more.

Rashi’s Problem and the Evolution of Justice

RASHI’S PROBLEM AND THE EVOLUTION OF JUSTICE
a Torah Teaching on Exodus 21:1-24:18
by the Reverend Paul Oakley
presented in pulpit exchange at
Temple House of Israel, Staunton, Virginia
10:00 AM, Saturday, February 6, 2016

 

Looking for a starting place for thinking about what … read more.