Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Rabbi Sarah Bassin is the associate rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and former executive director and board member of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change.

Can We Have a Relationship with God?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sarah Bassin

February 13, 2018
In Ki Tisa, Moses, begs God to let him understand the Divine. And yet, we see Moses as having more access to God than any other man. If Moses cannot comprehend God, how can we hope to understand God’s ways?

High Moral Standards for Our Leaders, and Ourselves

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sarah Bassin

February 7, 2018
We hold our leaders in government, sports, entertainment, and religion to high standards both in performing their duties and in exhibiting good behavior. But is it right for us to scrutinize their behavior outside their realms of responsibility? Parashat T’tzaveh says, “yes.”

The Limits of Communication

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sarah Bassin

January 29, 2018
Parashat T’rumah provides precise instructions on how to build the Mishkan and its contents. But those guidelines, like the design for the Temple menorah, have been interpreted in various ways throughout the ages. What does this teach us about the nature of communication?

Learning from the Imperfection of Religion

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Sarah Bassin

January 17, 2018
Parashat Mishpatim offers a myriad of rules to guide us in how to treat other individuals and nations. It makes us wonder: Why is it easier to think and behave humanely when we consider individuals rather than nations?