November 19, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Chayei Sarah with Rabbi Alan Henkin

Our guest this week is Rabbi Alan Henkin, Director of Rabbinic Placement at CCAR. Rabbi Henkin was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1980, and he holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. Prior to CCAR, Rabbi Henkin served as the Union Rabbi for the West District of the Union for Reform Judaism, as Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest Council of the URJ, and as a congregational rabbi for Beth Knesset Bamidbar in Lancaster, CA and Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Arleta, CA. Rabbi Henkin has also served as the convener of the Council of Religious Leaders of Greater Los Angeles as well as the president of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, and he has sat on the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR Los Angeles.

This week's Torah portion – Parashat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) – features the death of Sarah, Isaac's marriage to Rivka, and the death and burial of Abraham. Our discussion focuses on the transitional nature of the parasha and on the shift from the generation of Abraham and Sarah to that of Isaac and Rebecca.

Our past discussions of Chayai Sarah:

Rabbi Ranon Teller on Eliezer’s prayer and the role of prayer in our lives

Rabbi James Gibson on the significance of the story of Abraham going abroad to find Isaac a wife