Praying in the Dark

(Parashat Vayetze – Genesis 28:10-32:3)   By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila     “Jacob left Beer-Sheba, and set out for Haran. He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set” (Genesis 28:10-11). On his journey towards Haran, Jacob...

Prayer from the Heart

(Parashat Toledot – Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)   By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila     Prayer from the Heart (Parashat Toledot – Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Parashat Toledot presents us the Torah’s second incident of a barren woman. Like Sarah in the previous generation, we are...

The Sephardic Golden Path

(originally published in 2014 still relevant 8 years later)   By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila     I was raised in a home where terms like “Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Haredi, Secular Zionist” or the like were not a part of our vocabulary. Jews were Jews. In our...

Judaism’s Mission Statement – Parashat Vayera

Judaism’s Mission Statement Parashat Vayera By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila On November 26, 1936, Rav Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel delivered a lecture to a large gathering of rabbis in Jerusalem. Titled “The Seat of the Rabbinate,” Rav Uziel’s words were delivered as an...

The Long and Winding Road: Parashat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1–17:27)

The day God pronounced two simple words — lech lecha — Abraham and Sarah’s lives changed forever. God instructs Abraham to leave his homeland, his birthplace and his father’s home, “to the land that I will show you, and there I will make of you a great nation”...

My Moroccan Succoth

My father, of blessed memory, was born and raised in the Mellah of Marrakesh. All of the Moroccan traditions I practice on Sukkot are customs I learned and inherited from him. Those special Moroccan traditions – which I grew up with and practice to this day – adorn...