Author Archives: Rabbi Knight

Shema: the Oneness to Which God Calls Us.

Jul 30

The Mishnah asks: are we permitted to interrupt our singing the Shema – the watchword of our faith – in order to greet another person? The ancient rabbis offer striking advice: you can interrupt a prayer to God in order to acknowledge the presence of another human being.  Judaism’s profound idea is that human life […]

Charting a New Course – Attend the May 6th Annual Meeting by Rabbi Asher Knight

Apr 23

The holiday of Passover reminds us that long-ago, Moses and the Israelites stood at a crossing and dared to make a covenant that would embrace generations past and generations not yet born. The Passover Seder reminds us that we are still in the covenant business, still in the daring business, still envisioning what lies on […]

Fear. Leadership. Strength. Courage. by Rabbi Asher Knight

Mar 13

Rabbi Asher Knight Congregational Meeting March 13, 2019 This past Shabbat, we finished reading the book of Exodus. Near the beginning of Exodus, God spoke to Moses at the burning bush. God told Moses to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh – the most powerful person in the world – to free his slaves […]

Celebrating Purim in a Topsy-Turvy World by Rabbi Asher Knight (Charlotte Jewish News Editorial Mar. 2019)

Mar 07

“Read me another book ……” These are the regular words of the sleepy children in my household who are negotiating just before bedtime. Stories help to shape our understanding of ourselves and root us in the narrative of the world. “Sing me another song…..” These are the regular words of the children in my household […]

United in Purpose and Mission by Rabbi Asher Knight

Jan 28

On January 7th, Temple Beth El’s Board of Directors passed a new Core Purpose and Mission. The process of listening to our members, learning about their vision of congregational life, writing the new mission, editing, and considering the nuances of language took a year and a half. The process began under Ginny Rosenberg’s presidency with […]

Reflections Following Pittsburgh by Rabbi Asher Knight

Nov 07

Reflections following Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue November 2, 2018 Tragedy upon tragedy – ripples upon ripples. A community of worshipers at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – were killed in the sanctuary of their synagogue on last Shabbat. And the ripple effect: In Charlotte, members of our community here at Temple Beth […]

Build Connections with Us by Rabbi Asher Knight

Oct 24

My grandmother and I had an incredible relationship. We traveled to Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Egypt together. She introduced me to new ideas, books, art, and music. I remember watching world-events on the news and talking about the unfolding of history. She shared the wisdom gleaned from what she had experienced and seen throughout […]

Choosing to Live While Standing in the Shadow of Death (Kol Nidrei 5779) by Rabbi Asher Knight

Sep 18

Video of this sermon One day a group of American tourists traveling in Eastern Europe, went to visit the Chofetz Chaim. (In the rabbi world, famous rabbis have nicknames). When the tourists came to see him, they saw the world-famous Rabbi in a small study with a rickety desk and only a few books. One […]

Emunah: Rebuilding Faith in An Era of “In Nothing We Trust” (Rosh HaShanah 5779) by Rabbi Asher Knight

Sep 11

Video of this sermon On December 14th, 2012 Noah Pozner and 25 other victims were murdered at Sandy Hook elementary school. Noah was a sweet, vivacious, six-year-old Jewish boy. We remember this horrifying news day well. In the years since, conspiracy groups have claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. Noah’s parents, Lenny […]