Hatzar Ha/Mavet – The Courtyard of the Dead. – YK 2016 – 5777 – Rabbi Noam Raucher

In 2005 I entered rabbinical school at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Bel Air. Immediately my class built friendships and lifelong bonds with one another. Along the way one of our classmates, Joel Shickman, was diagnosed with Luekemia at the age of 37.

Despite all our efforts, love and organizing, Joel lost his Read More

Letter to POTUS – Yom Kippur 5777 – Rabbi Noam Raucher

I’ll be honest, I’m not really focused on election day. What I’m thinking about it is: the day after the election when someone calls the former candidate, “President” for the first time. When they actually get to preside over the country, our lives, and our children’s future. I’m curious, what wisdom from their lived experience Read More

The True Artist - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5777 – Rabbi Noam Raucher

Each year we are given an opportunity. And with that opportunity comes a necessary choice. This is a story about the choices we make every day of every year.

I love this story. It hands us a deep and stark question about our lives. Each day we have a choice: We can spend every day Read More

Chayei Sarah - by Rabbi Silverstein

Shabbat Shalom.

16 years ago, Rita Hester, a a transwoman of color, was murdered in her Boston apartment. The first Transgender Day of Remembrance was organized to remember her and protest her death.

This year Michelle Sherman, Jennifer Laude, Alejandra Leos, Mia Henderson, Tiffany Edwards, and Kandy Hall were all killed for being transgender. Read More