Rabbi Bruce Kadden

Rabbi Bruce Kadden is the rabbi at Temple Beth El, Tacoma, WA. Rabbi Kadden and his wife, Barbara Binder Kadden, z"l have written extensively in the area of Jewish education, including co-authoring three books: Teaching Mitzvot: Concepts, Values and Activities; Teaching Tefilah: Insights and Activities on Prayer; and Teaching Jewish Life Cycle: Traditions and Activities.

The Making of a Covenant with Men and Women

D'Var Torah By: Ellen M. Umansky, PHD

Almost 25 years after God calls Abram to leave his home in Mesopotamia and go to the land of Canaan, God formally establishes a covenant with him (Genesis 17:4ff.). Like that established with Noah, his descendants, and all living beings (9:8ff.), it is unconditional, everlasting, includes blessings and promises, and carries with it a sign decided upon by God. However, unlike the rainbow, placed in the clouds and passively received by humanity, the sign of God's covenant with Abraham — male circumcision — is something with which Abram and his descendants, not God, are entrusted. They are to circumcise their sons and other male children in their household on the eighth day after birth as a physical sign of the covenant. The punishment for failing to do so is severe. "An uncircumcised male who has not circumcised the flesh of his foreskin," says God, " … shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant" (17:14).

Every Dot Is Rich in Meaning

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Melanie Aron

There are sections of the Torah that call out for our attention just from the way they are written in the sefer Torah, the Torah scroll, itself.

Every Dot Is Rich in Meaning

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Melanie Aron

There are sections of the Torah that call out for our attention just from the way they are written in the sefer Torah, the Torah scroll, itself.

The Power of Names and Naming

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Bruce Kadden

Elie Wiesel has written, "In Jewish history, a name has its own history and its own memory. It connects beings with their origins.