Tisha B’Av by Rabbi Patrick Beaulier

    Tonight starts the fast of Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av. What does that mean? There are some things we are told not to do: Prohibitions: 1. No eating or drinking 2. No washing or bathing 3. No application of creams or oils 4. No wearing of leather shoes 5. No marital relations […]

Devarim by Rabbi Patrick Beaulier

Why Jews Make Terrible Buddhists (Parshat Devarim)   When I first started writing dvrei Torah, I sympathized with Moses. It had to be a real pain to wander the desert for forty years with a bunch of whiney Jews that just want to go back into slavery. But now, I’m starting to wonder if Moses […]

Chukat by Rabbi Patrick Beaulier

Parshah Chukat Numbers 19:1-22:1 Why do the same things keep happening to us over and over again? Why do we fall into the same relationships, same types of jobs, etc. etc. Sometimes life feels like a gigantic rerun that you can’t escape: a constant Bill Murray-style Groundhog Day. Just like all the other Torah portions […]

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Patrick on 10/11/13

A short Shabbat service with Rabbi Patrick and a discussion on spirituality/religion and feeling awkward

Archiving Synagogue Music

American synagogue music has undergone a huge transformation over the past 50 years. Synagogues and temples from all Jewish streams and traditions engage their congregants with Hassidic tunes, Carlebach niggunim, folk and Israeli compositions and many other genres of the Israeli and Jewish music scene. In recent years Lowell Milken has created an Archive that traces much of this […]

Shabbat service with Rabbi Patrick Aleph on 08/23/13

Online Shabbat service – topic of discussion: Relationships service begins at the 18:36 mark JOIN OUR WEBSITES: http://www.punktorah.org http://oneshul.org FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/punktorah TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/punktorah ONLINE SYNAGOGUE: http://www.oneshul.org DONATE: https://www.wepay.com/donations/punktorah-youtube-donation