Asked to discuss Shabbat prohibitions at the Orange County Moishe House, I did so last week. In my capacity as the rabbi of Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment, I led a discussion with participants on what Jews are not supposed to do on Shabbat. In the discussion, I used various key texts from the Bible, as well as some from rabbinic literature. Of course, this gave way to further discussion about more contemporary issues and I look forward to discussing these matters further with them.
As in years past, I spent many activities with Long Beach Hillel for the holiday of Sukkot, enriching its programs and its students. Beginning with leading a Beach Hillel staff learning session on Sukkot, it continued with putting up both the off-campus and the on-campus sukkot (and picking up the four aboreal elements). It continued with MC’ing Beach Hillel’s Shabbat dinner in Beach Hillel’s off-campus sukkah.
I then stopped by the on-campus Beach Hillel sukkah on Monday of Sukkot for Beach Hillel’s “Pizza in the Hut” event. The following day, we had our staff meeting inside the on-campus Sukkah, where I spoke about the four aboreal elements that were featured there.
That night, I joined in on the annual Sukkah Hop in Irvine that Beach Hillel has partnered with the Chabad of UCI, which – as always – was a blast, where we visited multiple sukkot and students from CSULB, UCI and other schools got to enjoy meeting other Jewish students in the area.