Entries by CAI Rabbi

Resilience and Lech Lecha

I’m experimenting with Facebook Live.  Love to hear your thoughts on this mini video–I think I’m supposed to turn the camera sideways next time! Resilience/journeys and Parshat Lech Lecha Posted by Rabbi Philip Weintraub on Friday, October 27, 2017

Second Sundays

What do you do on Sunday?  After the blessing of Shabbat do you run around and get all your errands done before another workweek begins? At Congregation Agudas Israel, we are turning the SECOND SUNDAY of the month into a very special social day.  Each month we have a new activity, movie, author, topic, and […]

How can we change? Yizkor 5778

YK Yizkor 5778 2017 Yom Kippur Sep 30, 2017 Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Agudas Israel   In 1965 John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote: There are places I remember All my life though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments With lovers […]

What do you see in your eclipse glasses? Kol Nidre 5778

YK Kol Nidre 5778 2017 Yom Kippur Sep 29, 2017 Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Agudas Israel   On the day of the eclipse, we were in Montreal.  The kids were playing in a playground, because when you plan a trip with museums, great restaurants and interesting activities, the most fun children will have is always […]

Rosh Hashanah Day 2: How will you face tomorrow?

RH Day 2 5778 2017 Rosh Hashanah Sep 22, 2017 Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Agudas Israel No matter if you’re born To play the King or pawn For the line is thinly drawn ‘tween joy and sorrow So my fantasy Becomes reality And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow So I’ll […]

Rosh Hashanah day 1

RH Day 1 5778 2017 Rosh Hashanah Sep 21, 2017 Rabbi Philip Weintraub Congregation Agudas Israel A few weeks ago, our nation was seemingly united. All around the country people were making plans for a big event. People drove hundreds of miles to find the perfect spot. They woke up early, with tremendous enthusiasm to […]

Rosh Hashanah is coming, but first Selichot!

Sephardic Jews begin their preparations for Rosh Hashanah when Elul begins.  In addition to the daily blasts of the shofar, they begin waking up early and reciting Selichot, prayers of forgiveness and atonement.  They ask the Holy One to remember Her conversation with Moshe after the golden calf, to remember the 13 attributes of mercy, […]


Thanks to Sharon Sarna for joining us and the Jewish Federation Of Greater Orange County for sponsoring. We are learning about babka! What a delicious way to spend the afternoon. Some of the lessons we learned, with amazing photos can be found on Amazon: Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels and More Important lesson-buy high […]

Inclusion is a Jewish Value

This morning I studied Mishnah Rosh Hashanah at my favorite local cafe– 2Alices Coffee shop.  I met friends from our community and around the county to discuss Torah and think about the upcoming holidays.  Of course, every Tuesday when we meet our conversation expands beyond the texts, but sometimes I am struck by the depth […]