Philip “Flip” Rice

Rabbis Laurie and Philip “Flip” Rice share the pulpit at Congregation Micah in Brentwood, TN. They share a passion for God, Torah, Israel, and each other.

The Heart of the Matter

D'Var Torah By: Philip “Flip” Rice

June 25, 2014
"Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes, saying: This is what the Eternal has commanded . . . " (Numbers 30:2) As the Jewish people worldwide make our way toward the conclusion of the fourth book of the Torah, B'midbar, we approach with the Israelites the end of...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Curse the Children of Israel

D'Var Torah By: Philip “Flip” Rice

June 16, 2014
"You know, in some cultures, donkeys are revered as the smartest of animals, especially us talking ones." ("Donkey" in Shrek 2, Dreamworks, 2004) The use of comedy in Jewish storytelling is a very powerful tool for conveying the serious wisdom of our tradition. Often, the Torah introduces us to a...

All Men Are Not Created Equal

D'Var Torah By: Philip “Flip” Rice

May 28, 2014
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. (George Orwell) Please stop reading this. You rebel! No doubt you are someone who actually enjoys reading about Korah's revolt, which is found in our Torah portion, Korach, this week...

And Nun Shall Be Afraid!

D'Var Torah By: Philip “Flip” Rice

May 14, 2014
Shout for joy . . . for on that day many nations will attach themselves to God . . . (Zechariah 2:14-15) Why is it so difficult to journey from a place of self to a place of other? Why are we so afraid as a society and as individuals...

Finding Your Soul in the Wilderness Scroll

D'Var Torah By: Philip “Flip” Rice

April 30, 2014
"[I will] lead her to the wilderness . . ." (Hosea 2:16) Few places lend themselves to personal growth as well as the wilderness. Whether you conceive of it as a desert or a forest, a mirage or an oasis, a wilderness is a place of nature and a refuge...