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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.


Now that our holiday season has ended, this Shabbat we will begin reading the Torah from the beginning all over again. Why? Because the Torah is an expression of G-d’s infinite wisdom and therefore, one can find new insights in the Torah every year. Based on this, I share with you in Blog #1 an article on twelve practical lessons that can be learned from the Book of Bereshit – one lesson per parasha. 

This is followed by a totally unrelated topic (Blog #2) that I found of interest and think that you will too. Unbeknownst to most of us, many Jewish graves of American soldiers were marked with a cross. Why this happened and how it is being corrected is an amazing story.

Lastly, many people have asked me for my take on the new Texas law regarding abortion. The truth is, my opinion in this case is determined by halacha – Jewish law. Therefore, in Blog #3 you’ll find a good summary of the halachic approach to this sensitive and not so simple topic. Please feel free to contact me for further clarification.            

Blog #1: “12 Business Lessons from the Book of Genesis,” by Michael A. Eisenberg, originally posted on

Blog #2: “Why Were the Graves of So Many Jewish GIs Marked by a Cross,” by Dr. Rafael Medoff, originally posted on

Blog #3: “Abortion in Jewish Law,” by Daniel Eisenberg, M.D., originally posted on