Author Archives: Rabbi Deborah Silver

Rabbi Deborah Silver

About Rabbi Deborah Silver

was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Los Angeles, in 2010 and works as the Assistant Rabbi at Adat Ari El, Valley Village. Her interests include music, dance and yoga. Born in England, she is alternately exhilarated, confused and fascinated by life in North Hollywood.

"The Change"

Rabbi Deborah Silver
January 24, 2013

I consider myself lucky to live in an age where Jewish lifecycle transitions are being creatively marked in progressive Jewish practice; an age which boasts, along with Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, groups such as Moving Traditions, which create Jewishly informed curricula both for teenage Jewish men and teenage Jewish women; an age in which More »

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Growing Pains?

Rabbi Deborah Silver
November 14, 2012

I teach a ‘Melton class’ at my synagogue – the Florence Melton Mini-School four-part curriculum of Jewish studies for adults; it originates in Israel and it’s a great course for what I think of as the ‘wilderness generation’ of Jewish adults, who – like me – had rather a bitty Jewish education. The class was More »

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game?

Rabbi Deborah Silver
October 12, 2012

Okay, I know I wrote about prayer last time as well. But it has long been my contention that one of the key challenges our involved Jews face, and our uninvolved Jews complain about (with my thanks to Rabbi Rami Shapiro for the wording of this distinction) is the opacity of our communal prayerbooks. That More »

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Three Days Deep

Rabbi Deborah Silver
September 14, 2012

There have been years when the comedy of Jonah’s book, its crashing ironies, its sly witticisms, God’s smily-affectionate reprimand at the end, have made me smile. But not this year. As I read it over, what I notice this time around is Jonah’s pain. A number of commentators, including Rabbi Rachel Adler and Dr Avivah More »

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