December 10, 2019

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vayelech with Rabbi Michael Cahana

Michael Z. Cahana is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. Rabbi Cahana’s academic interests are the interface of religion and science with a particular emphasis on medical ethics. He has served on the Central Conference of American Rabbi’s Committee on Human Sexuality and chaired its ad hoc committee on Physician Assisted Suicide. He currently chairs the Resolutions Committee.

In 1999, Rabbi Cahana was featured, along with his family, in the critically acclaimed documentary “The Last Days.” The film tells the true stories of five Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust, including Rabbi Cahana’s mother – the renowned Holocaust artist Alice Lok Cahana (z”l). “The Last Days” won the 1999 Academy Award for “Best Documentary.” In 2009.

Our discussion focuses on the King’s reading of the Torah for the people.



Previous Torah Talks on Vayelech

Rabbi Robert Haas

Rabbi Galia Sadan

Rabbi Eric Solomon


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