Rabbi David Segal

Rabbi David Segal was born and raised in Houston, TX, where he attended Congregation Emanu El. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2010. Together with his wife, Cantor Rollin Simmons, he served the Aspen Jewish Congregation in Aspen, Colorado, until 2017. Today, he and his family reside in Houston, where he is the Texas Organizer of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, as well as a teacher and writer.

Hearing the Cries of Mothers and Children

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Dr. Edwin C. Goldberg

Pack your loads on my back. / Force me to your destination. / I will go the mile you demand, and even a mile further. / With your guns and your authority / you can force me to do your will, / but never can you take way my freedom...

Living On after Death

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi David Segal

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment." (Woody Allen) 1 At the moment when Abraham Lincoln breathed his last breath...

Our Stories, Ourselves

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi David Segal

"One begins with shame and concludes with glory" ( Mishnah P ' sachim 10:4).This mishnah describes the narrative arc of the Passover seder: from sorrow to praise, mourning to celebration, slavery to freedom. We sing at the seder table, Avadim hayinu, atah b'nei chorin, "We were slaves; now we are...

Earning Forgiveness

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi David Segal

A pious and beloved but poorly dressed Chasidic rebbe took a lengthy train ride to teach Torah in a town far away. The well-to-do passenger seated next to him subjected him to insult and verbal abuse for most of the ride. When the train finally reached its destination, the rebbe...