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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  (rabbi@adathisraelsf.org) has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


 Unfortunately, more and more great people recently are transitioning from this world to the next. Among the many notable people who have passed away in the last week or so is Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski. For me, Rabbi Twerski has always been an example of what I believe G-d wants from the Jewish people as a whole. G-d wants us to be serious and devout Jews, which is something that is not limited only to our ritual life but to every part of our life. In addition, G-d wants us to pursue a livelihood that can make a consequential contribution to society. Although R. Twerski has set a very high bar for most people to reach, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t see him as an inspiration for us to strive to be the best we can be. Therefore, in my first blogpost I share with you a brief overview of who R. Twerski was by noted author Sara Yoheved Rigler. 

At the end of the post, you’ll see a picture of a smiling R. Twerski. That is a lead in to my second blogpost written by my colleague from Boca Raton R. Efrem Goldberg who addresses the importance of smiling even when masked.