Rabbi Michael SatzMy life as a rabbi has taken me from the American Midwest (I grew up in St. Louis and went to HUC-JIR Cincinnati), to the East Coast (Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ), to the West Coast (Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, CA), and now to Toronto (my wife’s native city).

At Holy Blossom I have the honour to work with our adult learners, those passionate about social justice, lovers of Israel, and our compassionate congregants in our Bikkur Cholim committee. Lately, I have taken an interest in the study and practice of Mussar, a Jewish spiritual path focused on building up our positive character traits—in other words, how to be a mentch.

I love to play guitar, especially with HBT’s Neginah Band, and I dream of the day that my rabbinical school band the Minor Prophets gets back together. I am a wannabe connoisseur  of Chinese tea, but, most importantly, I am married to Rabbi Janice Elster, and we are the parents of Eitan and Ammiel Elster-Satz.

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January 24, 2018 - The mitzvah of Bikur Cholim

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January 10, 2018 - Rabbinic Reflection: A mindful approach to New Year's resolutions

Resolutions and revolutions: Mussar and a New Year. Embracing the little things that make us better menschen Read more »

December 1, 2017 - Rabbi Satz Sermon: July 1, 2017

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November 15, 2017 - Sermon: Shabbat – November 4, 2017 - Vayeira 2017

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November 14, 2017 - Engaging with Israel’s History and Future

This year we are commemorating many anniversaries for the history of Zionism. Read more »

October 23, 2017 - Sermon: Shabbat Beresheet - October 14

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October 2, 2017 - Sermon: Death - Kol Nidre

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Over the summer I read a beast of a novel called “Captivity.” I call it a beast because it is huge, 864 pages, and because I thought it was great—funny, moving, deep, philosophical, and very Jewish. Originally written in Hungarian by Gyorgy Spiro, it is a historical novel set around 2000... Read more »

September 25, 2017 - Sermon: Rosh Hashanah 2017 - What We Can Learn from Others

Post-apocalyptic literature, TV, and movies have been very popular recently. Read more »

September 25, 2017 - Sermon: Rosh Hashanah 2017: Truth

Oy, with the news these days I have been kind o f nostalgic for times gone by. Read more »

September 19, 2017 - Syrian Refugees, Machzorim, and Hurricanes

Every year as the High Holy Days approach, I contemplate how amazing it is that Jews all over the world are about to do the same thing. Read more »

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