Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is the Emanu-El Scholar at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He is the author of several books on Jewish spirituality published by Jewish Lights Publishing in Woodstock, VT and a new novel, Kabbalah: A Love Story (New York: Morgan Road Books, 2006). 

This Light’s for You

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

"The Holy One spoke to Moses, saying: 'Speak to Aaron and say to him, "When you cause the lights on the menorah to ascend . . .

The "Business" with the Calf

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

"They exchanged their glory for the image of a bull that feeds on grass!" (Psalm 106:20) We Jews may have invented monotheism, but that doesn't mean we're monotheists.

Being Who You Are

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Parashat Vayeishev is always read on, or near, the beginning of Hanukkah.

Berdichev on Creation

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

In his K'dushat Levi on Genesis 1:1, the third-generation Chasidic master, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev (d. 1810) notices a curious grammatical inconsistency between the opening verse of Genesis, "In the beginning, God created. .

Balaam’s Talking Ass

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

The parashah for this Shabbat is a fundamentalist’s nightmare. This week we read the lollapalooza grand­dad­dy of all the off-the-wall Bible stories.