Seder Aid

Seder-Aid Event Prepares Young Adults for Passover Seder

Last week, I led a conversation for young adults to go over the Passover Seder(s) in order to mentally prepare for it. Taking place in Long Beach on the Sunday prior to the holiday, I led a relaxed conversation (over beer – something we would not be enjoying during the holiday), going over the elements READ MORE

The Bruery - March 2015

“Beer, Bible & Brewery” Return Visit to The Bruery Features a Tour

Last night, as part of the monthly “Bible, Beer, and Brew” series, we visited The Bruery in Placentia.  Having visited in the fall, this time, we had the opportunity to talk with The Bruery’s chief financial officer, Carl Katz, who led us on a tour of The Bruery. Katz led us on a tour of The Bruery READ MORE

Torah on Tap - March 2015

Torah on Tap Discussion on Kosher Food with Beach Hillel

By student request, I led a discussion on kosher food for Beach Hillel on Thursday. Taking place at The Nugget on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, I led a discussion on the fundamentals of kosher food as found in the Torah (a/k/a the Five Books of Moses), with a primary focus on READ MORE

Tasting the Forbidden Fruit (3)

“Tasting the Forbidden Fruit” Allows Young Adults to Engage with Texts and Food

What was the fruit that Adam and Eve consumed in the Garden of Eden that got them kicked out? The other night, I led a text-based discussion with young adults in Long Beach on this topic. Beginning with the primary texts in the Book of Genesis, we then explored what rabbis in the Babylonian Talmud READ MORE

People enjoyed rye whiskies

“Ryes & Relationships” Was Greatly Enjoyable [Texts & Tasting]

The other night, I put on another event in the “Texts & Tastings” series featuring rye whiskey. In addition to a focus on the spirit, “Rye & Relationships”, also showcased various gems of wisdom from our Talmudic sages regarding relationships. As I had written prior to the event, I was able to expose participants to READ MORE

a few ryes

Some New Changes for Tonight’s “Texts & Tasting” Event

Tonight, I will be hosting a rye whiskey-tasting and discussion of Jewish texts in Long Beach.  While I have, over the past two years conducted ten such events, in a bimonthly fashion, tonight’s event will involve some new aspects. Moreover, inasmuch as my series focuses on three primary objectives – (1) educating about various spirits, READ MORE

Beach Hillel Torah on Tap - February 2015

Discussion for Beach Hillel on Sex in Judaism

Last week, I led a Torah on Tap discussion with California State University, Long Beach students for Beach Hillel.  As it was not only going to be Valentine’s Day, so a lot of people were hearing about relationships and sex, as well as the day before the theatrical release of Fifty Shades of Grey, so people READ MORE

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Learning about Hanukah Candle-Lighting and Irish Whiskey-Tasting

The second “Texts & Tasting” event of 2014-2015 took place last night in Long Beach. Combining learning through texts from the Talmud to the Shulhan Arukh and beyond with an Irish whiskey-tasting, more than fifteen people attended this enjoyable event. I was glad to be able to facilitate the learning, which centered on how many READ MORE

Condemning Violence in Houses of Worship

Today, I signed onto the following statement: ORANGE COUNTY RELIGIOUS LEADERS UNITE TO CONDEMN VIOLENCE IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP We, religious leaders and teachers from various faith communities, offer our condolences to the families and friends of worshippers around the world killed in the name of God or religion. We are especially dismayed that, more READ MORE