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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( 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.


The past several months have been quite blessed for our family. As you might recall, in November, our youngest daughter Tehela got married (to a really great guy). Then in December, our second daughter, Shalhevet, had her eighth child (fifth son). This week, Shachar, our oldest son who lives in Baltimore, had his second son (sixth child). Everyone should be so lucky to have such a simcha-filled four months.

This being the case, Johni and I are off to Baltimore for Shabbat and the bris, which G-d willing will be early Tuesday morning. I’ll be back in time for Rav Leff’s presentation (Tues. night), Johni will be remaining in Baltimore for a few weeks to help out. 

Due to my brief absence, it is going to be challenging to make minyan, especially since one or two regular minyanaires are also going to be out of town. Therefore, help in making OUR daily minyanim (7:30am/7:00pm) will be greatly appreciated. We have several members saying kaddish and I’d hate to let them down.  

Since we will be privileged to have Rav Zev Leff speak at Adath Israel next Tuesday night on the topic of Jewish Lessons From Covid,I thought I’d share with you this excerpt from his parasha book, Outlooks & Insights, regarding this week’s parasha. My takeaway from Rav Leff’s insight is twofold. First, don’t assume others think like you or project your issues on them. Second, Judaism is about aspiring to be as selfless as we can – because the more selfless we are, the more G-d like we become. I look forward to seeing you there Tuesday night!