Richard N. Levy

Rabbi Richard N. Levy recently retired as Rabbi of the Synagogue and Director of Spiritual Growth at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, where he continues to teach in the fields of liturgy, spiritual growth, and social justice. He is a past Director of the School of Rabbinic Studies at the campus and a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

In Which the People and the Land Are Redeemed

D'Var Torah By: Richard N. Levy

April 23, 2015
As we have made our way through the Book of Leviticus, we have often noted how boundaries have been crossed—between the inside and outside of the body in issues of tzaraat ("leprosy"); between the clothing of the priest and the furniture of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle; between proper offerings of

Emor: Words for the Next Generation

D'Var Torah By: Richard N. Levy

April 23, 2015
When the Rabbis divided the Torah into its 54 parashiyot (portions), they generally arranged for each portion to begin with a unique or otherwise significant word that would in some way summarize major themes of the entire section.

Being Holy - and Staying Alive

D'Var Torah By: Richard N. Levy

April 13, 2015
Acharei Mot, the first of this week's two parashiyot, begins on an unsettling note—a reminder of the death of Aaron's sons and the suggestion that such tragedies might occur again unless the priests take specified steps to prevent them

Why Should God Care About What We Eat?

D'Var Torah By: Richard N. Levy

April 1, 2015
What can God be thinking? In this week's Torah portion, Moses is told--of all things--what the Israelites should and should not eat. Why should the Creator of the universe care?