Rabbi Benjamin David

Rabbi Benjamin David serves Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel, N.J. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of Noa, Elijah, and Samuel.

Putting Prayers on Your Calendar Every Day

D'Var Torah By: Cantor David Berger

March 18, 2020
A few years ago I put a reminder on my Google Calendar for 12:30 p.m. every day to get up and do some part of Minchah, the afternoon service. ... I keep coming back to daily prayer as a source of the personal affirmation and renewal I need to serve as the leader I hope to be.In this week’s Torah portion, Tzav, Aaron and his sons, the priests of the Israelite community, are commanded to make their own daily, humble, personal sacrificial offerings as part of their regular work of Temple service.

The Climax of Sukkot and the Profound Joy of the Journey

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D.

September 16, 2018
More than any other Jewish holiday or ritual, I love the audacity of Sukkot. After the many profound words and seemingly endless prayers of the High Holidays, Sukkot offers a very different holiday mode. The main theme and ultimate goal of the holiday is to achieve climactic joy throughout the holiday, including the intermediate days, which are known as Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot.