Hazzan Klein

Chadesh Yameinu Kekedem: Spain, Nostalgia, and the Present Moment

Posted on August 25, 2016

Text revised from a sermon given at Congregation Beth El – August 6, 2016. Shabbat Matot-Masei. חַדֵּשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם “Renew our days, as in days of old.” (Lam. 5:21) Some of you know that I’m here to talk about our congregational trip to Spain. But to open up, I want to talk about nostalgia. Chadesh Yameinu […] Continue Reading »

The Spirituality of Law

Posted on February 11, 2016

February 6, 2016 — Parashat Mishpatim Edited from the spoken manuscript   I have come today to share the “good news” with Conservative Jews. What good news you might ask? Surely your Facebook feeds and your kiddush conversations could not have missed one of the most momentous legal decisions in the history of the Conservative […] Continue Reading »

Deserving to be Jewish – Shabbat Nachamu

Posted on September 4, 2014

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם, וַעֲשִׂיתֶם–כִּי הִוא חָכְמַתְכֶם וּבִינַתְכֶם, לְעֵינֵי הָעַמִּים:  אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁמְעוּן, אֵת כָּל-הַחֻקִּים הָאֵלֶּה, וְאָמְרוּ רַק עַם-חָכָם וְנָבוֹן, הַגּוֹי הַגָּדוֹל הַזֶּה.ד “Keep them and do [these statutes and rules], for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation […] Continue Reading »

Leaving Egypt through the Holocaust – Pesach VII 5773

Posted on April 6, 2014

At my yearly seder we play a game. It’s called “I’m leaving Egypt.” The first contestant says “I’m leaving Egypt and I’m taking …an apple!”—or something else starting with the letter “A.”The second person will announce that they’re taking what the first person took, and then something starting with the next letter of the alphabet […] Continue Reading »

Singin’ at the Sea: The Musical Theatre of Judaism – Shabbat Shirah 2012

Posted on September 4, 2012

Today, I’d like to talk about musical theatre. Why is musical theatre, remarkably, still popular in America today? True, the substance has changed dramatically over the last eighty years: From the classics of Showboat & Oklahoma, to Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and Sondheim; from the rock musical hits of the seventies to Les […] Continue Reading »

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