Author Archives: Rabbi Klass

Choose “We” (Yom Kippur 5779) by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Sep 19

With gratitude to Rabbi Leah Citrin for walking through this writing process with me every year, and to Rabbis Miriam Farber Wajnberg, Asher Knight, and Jay LeVine, Cantor Mary Thomas, and Jeff Trost for letting me think out loud with them. Video of this Sermon Something was wrong with Gus. The 700-lb polar bear at […]

On Clenched Fists and Open Hands (Erev Rosh HaShanah 5779) by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Sep 11

With gratitude to Rabbis Asher Knight, Leah Citrin, Jay Asher LeVine, Miriam Farber Wajnberg, and Susan Landau, Cantor Mary Thomas, and Jeff Trost – for your edits, conversations, and thought partnership. Every December, my dad visited my elementary school classto light Chanukah candles and teach everyone how to spin the dreidel. And every single year, […]

On Fear and Courage and Stepping out into the World Anyway by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Aug 30

This year during Elul, my chevruta (study partner) Rabbi Leah Citrin I have been reading Psalm 27 each day as part of our preparation for the High Holy Days. I am not usually one for routines – I don’t like the idea of being tied to a daily task, or I forget once, decide I […]

This, Too, is Torah by Rabbi Dusty Klass (from Charlotte Jewish News Editorial June-July 2018)

Jun 06

At the annual Shalom Park Freedom School fundraiser this year, the program began with a short video outlining just how far behind a kid in a low-income setting can end up by 3rd grade when not given the same opportunities afforded middle-and-upper class kids. But wait – isn’t summer for running through sprinklers and eating […]

Counting the Omer by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Apr 12

“Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has made us holy with your commandments and commanded us to count the Omer**. Today is 12 days, which is one week and five days of the Omer.” Those of you who attended Friday night services this past week may recognize the above blessing […]

Mitzvah Day 2018 is Coming! by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Mar 28

Mitzvah Day is rapidly approaching — it all takes place on Sunday, May 6! For our newer members, Mitzvah Day is Temple Beth El’s annual event in which we as a congregation perform acts of gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repair of the world) throughout Shalom Park and the greater community. […]

The Fault in our Bubbles by Rabbi Dusty Klass (From Charlotte Jewish News Editorial, February 2018)

Feb 08

For me, Christmas has never been about Chinese and a movie – it has been about family and food, watching It’s a Wonderful Life, and singing along to Counting Crows in the kitchen while doing dishes with my cousins. And yes, we opened presents next to a tree. Now, we have never had a tree […]

Speech, Silence, and #TBERace&Justice: Why We Need You in a TBE Listening Circle by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Dec 28

I first discovered the Jewish call for silence at age seventeen. It had been chosen as the ‘wisdom quote of the day’ at camp: “Rabbi Gamliel said: I spent all my life among sages and found nothing better for a person than silence.”[i] I didn’t quite understand the words – nothing better for a person […]

Chanukah, Hope, and Hosting: The Youth Are Our Present by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Nov 20

Chanukah celebrates the proverbial light in the darkness, the hope that comes from flickering flames in the midst of a cold winter night, the story of the nascent Jewish people’s triumph over seemingly overwhelming forces. On Chanukah, miracles happen; the impossible is made possible. Chanukah bolsters our ability to hope. The power of hope is […]