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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.


Shalom from Israel! Johni & I are here to attend the wedding of our youngest daughter, Tehela, which will be Wednesday evening (11/3), just outside of Jerusalem in the Ein Hemed nature reserve. Our sons from the East Coast and their families will hopefully be joining us too. If they all make it, this will be the first time our family will be together in around six years. In case people would like to attend the wedding virtually, here’s a link to watch. The reception starts at 5:45pm IST (8:45am PDT) and the Chuppah is called for 7:00pm (10:00am PDT). 

In addition to the wedding, our second daughter, Shalhevet, is due to give birth at the beginning of November. G-d willing, this will be an unusually blessed trip. I’ll be returning to SF on November 16th. During my absence, I will be accessible via phone (at my regular number), text and email. Plus, the plan is to continue with some of my evening zoom classes. Nonetheless, it is going to be quite challenging for the shul to maintain our daily minyanim. Therefore, it would be GREATLY appreciated if everyone who can participate helped out. David Garth and Yoel Gluck will be working to keep the minyanim running, PLEASE be responsive if they reach out to you.  

Meanwhile, besides my personal life, there are a few interesting things happening in the world. First, this past Tuesday was the anniversary of Rabbi Johnathan Sack’s yahrzeit. Therefore, I share with you in Blog #1 a piece called “Realizing the Legacy of Jonathan Sacks". After that in Blog #2, I found something that really made be happy – No Labels, which is a group of Democrats and Republicans fighting to bring their colleagues back to the political center. Our current political reality in the Un-United States is insane and needs to be recalibrated – this organization is trying to do it. Lastly, to a large extent, the Constitution of the United States can be likened to the Torah. Meaning, it is the foundational document that is supposed to guide the governance of our country based on certain values. However, unlike the Torah, which is meant to be (and is) studied on a regular basis, the contents of the Constitution are unknown to most Americans. Blog #3 has a suggestion to rectify that situation.       

Blog #1: "Realizing the legacy of Jonathan Sacks," by David M. Weinberg, originally published in the Jerusalem Post  

Blog #2: "No Labels: The Group Fighting for the Political Center," by Larry Greenfield, originally published in the Jewish Journal                           

Blog #3: "Respecting the Torah vs. respecting the Constitution," by Ken Abramowitz, originally published in the Jewish News Syndicate