November 17, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Vaikra with Rabbi Jay Sherwood

Our guest this week is Rabbi Jay Sherwood, leader of Congregation Emanu El in Redlands, California. Rabbi Sherwood received his BA in Jewish Studies from UCLA and received his Rabbinic Ordination and Master of Rabbinic Studies degree from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Sherwood had a twenty-plus year career in Jewish education and Jewish camping, during which he served as Director of Youth and Informal Educational Programming at Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood, CA; Director of Education at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, CA; and Jewish Educator/Rabbinic Intern at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006 Rabbi Sherwood and a number of friends founded Adat Re'im, a congregation based in Rancho Cucamonga. Many of the former members of Adat Re'im have followed Rabbi Sherwood to Congregation Emanu El, which he arrived at in 2015.

This week's Torah Portion – Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26) – is the first portion of the book of Leviticus. The portion introduces the sacrificial service and describes five different kinds of sacrifice. Our discussion examines animal sacrifices and what we could learn from the biblical description of this outdated practice.

Our past discussions of Vayikra:

Rabbis Scott Meltzer on the very first sentence of the book of Leviticus and on different theories regarding its significance

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein on the relevance of the sacrifices described in the parasha (and of the book of Leviticus in general) to our lives today