Audrey R. Korotkin

Rabbi Audrey R. Korotkin is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel, Altoona, Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. candidate in rabbinics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, from which she was ordained in 1999.

So, What’s the Point? Ecclesiastes and Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot

D'Var Torah By: Audrey R. Korotkin

Chances are that many of us are familiar only with the section of Ecclesiastes that begins "To everything there is a season," only because we've heard it at a funeral or – thanks to the late Pete Seeger – at a hootenanny.

There Is “No” Other

D'Var Torah By: Audrey R. Korotkin

When I am preparing a family for the funeral of a loved one, we meet privately to recite the phrase Baruch Dayan HaEmet, "Blessed is the True Judge," as we put a tear in the black k'riah ribbons of mourning.

Hiding from Ourselves

D'Var Torah By: Audrey R. Korotkin

The Chasidic tradition brings us the following story: "One day Rabbi Ber was walking with some of his Chasidim when he saw a little girl standing behind a wall and crying. 'Why are you crying, little girl?' he asked.

A Jew Is a Jew, No Matter How Far

D'Var Torah By: Audrey R. Korotkin

In Parashat Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20), Moses is coming to the end of his oration, the end of his leadership, and the end of his life.

Everything Old Can Be New Again

D'Var Torah By: Audrey R. Korotkin

A few weeks ago, in studying Parashat R'eih, I noted that the Torah gives us a great gift of joy—a command to celebrate with one's entire household—tucked into a long passage replete with warnings of failures and curses literally shouted from the mountaintops.