Rabbi Max Chaiken

Rabbi Max Chaiken (they/he) serves Temple Emanuel of Andover, MA. They previously served Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA following his ordination from HUC-JIR in 2018. In addition to writing divrei Torah, Rabbi Max loves to cook, ride their bicycle, and spend time with his dogs.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Even in a Pandemic

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

Aligned with the rhythm of our earth turning on its axis, our season of returning ( t’shuvah) continues its turn. We move from the introspection and repentance of Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement, to the holiday of Sukkot.

Hear Their Cries: This Year, May We Listen to Those Who Cry Out

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

Rosh HaShanah – the “head of the year” – celebrates the beginning of a new year and officially starts aseret y’mei t’shvuah, 10 days of return and repentance. It is a time of serious reflection and introspection about our lives (and about life itself); a time to ask for forgiveness for missing the mark in our actions with others, ourselves, and the Divine.

Facing Mortality and Choosing Life

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

You stand this day, all of you, before the Eternal your God – you tribal heads, you elders, and you officials, all the men of Israel, you children, you women, even the stranger within your camp, from wood chopper to water drawer – to enter into the covenant of the