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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March 27, 2017 - Sermon: Shabbat and the Mishkan

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March 6, 2017 - Sermon: Gratitude, Relationship and Giving

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February 8, 2017 - The Minor Prophets: Road Stories - The Tale of the Classic Album

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January 25, 2017 - The Minor Prophets: Road Stories - Greater Cincinnati

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January 11, 2017 - Breaking the Stigma

Substance Abuse and Behavioural Addictions in the Jewish Community Read more »

January 4, 2017 - The Minor Prophets Reunion

The Holy Blossom reunion might just well be the start of their world tour! Read more »

November 15, 2016 - We Need More Chesed in the World

We are blessed to live in Canada. Read more »

November 3, 2016 - Welcoming Refugees: UPDATE! - The good work that Holy Blossom has been historically known for...

By Rabbi Michael Satz. Almost a year ago members of Holy Blossom Temple came together to sponsor Syrian refugee families to come to Canada. Working with the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS), people raised money, collected household items and clothes, and did many other things to make sure that the transition to life in Toronto... Read more »

October 18, 2016 - Like a Bird on the Wire - Rosh Hashanah Sermon

I am a proud American, but I love living in Canada, especially now... Read more »

July 25, 2016 - Reflections from Jerusalem

By Rabbi Michael Satz. I write these words as I look out my hotel window on the sunset in Jerusalem. I love how the stones of the building look pink as the sun goes down. It’s a peaceful image that helps me think about the symbol of peace that the future Jerusalem is for our... Read more »