Cantor Evan Kent

Cantor Evan Kent is an oleh chadash (new immigrant) living in Jerusalem, where he is on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. For 25 years, he served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA.

The Awe of Torah Study

D'Var Torah By: Cantor Evan Kent

September 14, 2021
This week’s Torah portion, V’zot HaB’racha, recounts the final minutes of Moses’ life. Moses has led the people from slavery to freedom and now, in his last moments, he will offer blessings to the assembled Israelite nation.

The Eternal Embrace of Song

D'Var Torah By: Cantor Evan Kent

September 12, 2021
On the last day of his life, Moses sings a song to the gathered Israelites. For thirty-one chapters in Deuteronomy, Moses has told the Israelites how to behave, what God expects from them, and how to lead a life filled with blessing and absent of curses. With his final breath, Moses teaches with song.

From Washington Heights to Jerusalem

D'Var Torah By: Cantor Evan Kent

August 29, 2021
This week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim, which is read on the Shabbat preceding Rosh HaShanah, is filled with images of awe, covenant, and an awareness of our place in the chain of generational continuity.

The Power of Collective Memory

D'Var Torah By: Cantor Evan Kent

August 15, 2021
This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei, contains 72 of the 613 commandments. We read of laws regarding the taking captives, how to deal with a rebellious son, laws specific to the burying of the dead, whom you cannot marry, and laws of divorce.