January 24, 2018 - The mitzvah of Bikur Cholim
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My 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.
Resolutions and revolutions: Mussar and a New Year. Embracing the little things that make us better menschen Read more »
Rabbi Michael Satz. Read more »
This year we are commemorating many anniversaries for the history of Zionism. Read more »
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 »
Post-apocalyptic literature, TV, and movies have been very popular recently. Read more »
Oy, with the news these days I have been kind o f nostalgic for times gone by. Read more »