Rabbi Laura Geller

Rabbi Laura Geller is Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, CA.

In Place of God? In God’s Place?

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

November 30, 2015
After a natural calamity or terrorist attack an understandable question presents itself: Where is God in all this? We've seen the evil that people can do, and we've seen the spirit of sacrifice and service in firefighters, emergency workers, police officers, and ordinary citizens. But the question remains, "Where is...

The Holiness of Wholeness - And of Brokenness

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Laura Geller

February 25, 2015
This week's Torah portion contains one of the most dramatic events in the entire Torah, the incident of the Golden Calf. Moses has been on Mount Sinai for a very long time, too long for those Israelites who still carry Egypt in their hearts to wait. They can't maintain their...

The End is Also the Turning Point

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Laura Geller

December 11, 2014
Mikeitz, at the end, is the turning point, the beginning of the end of the Joseph story. Joseph has spent two years in prison invisible and forgotten. Prison is like the pit where he was thrown by his brothers years before, a place where his brother Reuben said of him...

Mourning a Marriage

Rabbi Laura Geller
"When a man divorces the wife of his youth, even the altar of God sheds tears." (Gittin 90b)

The Law of the Sabbatical Year

D'Var Torah By: Dr. Carol Ochs

October 9, 2012
What does it mean to lie fallow? How do we distinguish fallowness from sterility? What will nourish us during this time of no creativity? When will we bloom again? Before we can make any sense of the Sabbatical year, we need to look at the role of time in Judaism...