Author Archives: Rabbi Klass

God, By Any Other Name? by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Feb 16

A few weeks ago, during Torah Study here at Temple Beth El, our group ended up in an hour-long study of a single sentence in the torah portion. The beginning of parashat Vayera reads: “And God spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey; I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as El […]

Justice Shabbat Report from Our Rabbis

Feb 07

Just over three weeks ago, 136 of us gathered in Silverman Social Hall to begin a conversation about justice, and Charlotte, and our role in building a more just city. We promised to report back to you, and this email serves to do that. But before we begin, we want to express a few notes […]

One Egg at a Time by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Jan 12

This week, a chicken taught me a really important lesson. Kind of. I was at the gym listening to On Being, a podcast that explores some of the larger existential life questions through interviews with scholars and thinkers of all stripes. In this particular episode, Krista Tippet interviewed Brain Pickings* creator and curator Maria Popova […]

Digging Our Fathers’ Wells? by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Dec 01

“Like father, like son,” reads the old adage. And indeed, many Torah scholars note the parallels between Abraham’s journey and his son Isaac’s journey, which we learn about in this week’s Torah portion. Both do a lot of traveling, both grapple with foreign leaders and attempt to pass their wives off as sisters as a […]

Chanukah: Lighting the Lights That Help Us See More Clearly by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Nov 22

I just spent a whirlwind eight days in Israel; full of listening and learning – and a lot of sitting in rooms and meeting important people. My time in Jerusalem has given me many things to think about, and wrestle with, as all good trips to Jerusalem do. And as with all trips to Israel, […]

Tree People, Forest People, and Trying to be More of Both by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Oct 26

I have always been a Tree Person. When I go hiking, I’m the one taking close-up photo of a particularly gnarled root system or the jigsaw puzzle-piece shaped bark of a ponderosa pine. Don’t get me wrong; I love a gorgeous view. But my phone camera rarely captures the grandeur of a mountain range, so […]

Return Again: Finding Meaning in Repetition and Repentance by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Oct 06

Earlier this week, Rabbi Knight, Cantor Bernard, Cantor Thomas and I sat down to talk through our Yom Kippur services. Halfway through, I threw up my hands exasperatedly. “Didn’t we already DO this prayer???” In fact, we had. And I have news for you. We are going to do “that prayer” again. Judaism is a […]

Nitzavim: Standing With, Standing For, Standing Together by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Aug 25

In a Torah portion familiar to those of us who have begun thinking about the High Holy Days (welcome to the rabbinate!) we read the following words: “Atem nitzavim hayom, kulchem – You stand here this day, all of you, before Adonai your God…” Last Thursday, I drove to Raleigh for the launch of Nitzavim: […]

The Power of Reframing, or “What I Learned in Yoga This Week” by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Jul 28

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a month-long membership trial at a yoga studio in town. My first class was a weekday afternoon class, so I wasn’t expecting a full house. By the official class start time of 3pm, we had about half of the room filled. After a few minutes, I looked […]