Today is the last day of sabbatical for this year. It has been a month of renewal, learning and spirituality. I have been to Israel to study and grow. I am grateful to be a part of the 4th cohort of the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative of the Shalom Hartman Institute. For the next three years I will be engaged in deep study of Jewish texts with a dynamic and wonderful group of rabbis and educators from all over North America. I am grateful for this opportunity to grow and challenge my mind and my spirit. Thank you to my wonderful congregation, Kol Ami and our Board of Trustees for recognizing the need for spiritual renewal of its clergy. And thanks too to the Los Angeles Jewish Federation for knowing that Jewish leadership demands Torah study and that rabbis also need spiritual sustenance.
If you needed more proof of why clergy have to recharge here is an article in today’s New York Times about this very issue. I am grateful to have such lay leaders with such insight. Tomorrow back to business!