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Rabbi's Update 11/18/2022

Dear Friends:

Last Shabbat our member Bruce Levinson gave a very thoughtful Drasha on the Akedah for Parashat VaYera. A video of his talk is available at:

Guest Drasha for Parashat VaYera -- Bruce Levinson

If you were not aware of it, it’s possible to watch YouTube videos with automatic closed captioning. There is a little “CC” box on the lower part of the screen and if you click it, the video will show closed captioning. It’s not 100 percent accurate, especially when non-English words are used, but it helps make things a bit more intelligible.

If you are not aware, I have a YouTube page with a lot of content I have created over the years. The page is available at

There are a number of different playlists:

an ongoing collection of my drashot and divrei torah since this summer,

my Talmud classes, my Contemporary Jewish Controversies classes, and classes from previous years: Understanding the Siddur and Writing Your Own Theology.

For a less serious change of pace, there is also the video of a series of TV commercials in which I appeared back in 2007. They were promotions for the 2007 Oscars broadcast and directed by Spike Lee. If you would like to see it, it’s available here:

As a reminder, I am having drop-in hours on Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 at the shul. You do not need to make an appointment -- that would negate the whole point of drop-in hours -- but I’d urge you to check and make sure I am there regardless as sometimes there are unavoidable pastoral or other emergencies which might take me away from the building.

As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment. I have been spending more time in the synagogue recently but if you want to speak with me it’s best to make an appointment rather than assuming I will be there when you stop by.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Charles L. Arian

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