Oren J. Hayon

Rabbi Oren J. Hayon is associate rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. He received his undergraduate education at Rice University, and received rabbinical ordination from the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2004.

There Are No Good Old Days

D'Var Torah By: Oren J. Hayon

We have arrived finally at Parashat Haazinu, the last speech Moses will make to his people and the penultimate installment of his conversation with us from miles and centuries away.

Father of Multitudes

D'Var Torah By: Oren J. Hayon

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" One principle that remains reliably true throughout the Bible is that the fruitful production of children is evidence of God's love and providence for favored and faithful humans.

Strange Fruit

D'Var Torah By: Oren J. Hayon

After seeing the infamous 1930 photograph by Lawrence Beitler, which depicts the mob lynching of two young black men, a Jewish high school teacher named Abel Meeropol wrote a haunting poem titled "Strange Fruit." The poem was first published in 1936 in The New York Teacher, a union magazine.

Standing Together, Standing Apart

D'Var Torah By: Oren J. Hayon

The Hebrew month of Elul invites us into a period of preparatory self-reflection and contemplation, calling us to center our thoughts on our own t'shuvah.