Rabbi Yael Splansky

Rabbi Yael Splansky

Rabbi Yael Splansky is the Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple.  She came to Toronto in 1998 after ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She served first as Assistant Rabbi, concentrating on youth and young families from 1998-2000, then as Associate Rabbi from 2000-2013.

From the Boston area, Rabbi Splansky completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology and Jewish Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Her rabbinical thesis is entitled, “All is Forseen and Freewill is Given:  A Debate in Rabbinic Literature.”

She is the immediate past chair of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto.  She is the editor of the new prayerbook, Siddur Pirchei Kodesh, author of the Union for Reform Judaism’s “Reform Voices of Torah:  2012 Commentary on Deuteronomy,” and monthly contributor to The Canadian Jewish News.

Her husband, Professor Adam Sol, is an award-winning poet and together they raise their three sons.

Rabbi Splansky has the unique privilege of being a fourth-generation Reform Rabbi.

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The Rabbi Splansky Blog Archive

April 19, 2017 - The Jewish calendar requires imagination

We are all necessary players in the dramatic narrative. Read more »

April 8, 2017 - Sermon: "This year in fear and shame, next year in virtue and justice."

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Read more »

April 1, 2017 - Sermon: What do we mean when we say 'Redemption'?

"We can see ourselves more clearly by contrast and distinction." Read more »

March 22, 2017 - Hold the Frame

I write to you from Atlanta. A few hundred Reform Rabbis have gathered... Read more »

March 11, 2017 - Sermon: There is no such thing as an empty threat...

Rabbi Yael Splansky - March 11, 2017 Read more »

February 27, 2017 - Sermon: Anti-Semitism and Jewish Life

“I prefer to speak of Jewish Life.” Read more »

February 22, 2017 - Purim and Today’s Anti-Semitism

Terrorism is meant to terrorize. Read more »

January 25, 2017 - Voices of Moral Leadership

"Anyone who has the ability to protest the members of his household and does not is held responsible for the members of his household." Read more »

January 23, 2017 - Sermon: "Whether or not America is great is a matter of opinion..."

"...Whether or not America needs to be great, is a matter of opinion. But whether or not America is in pain today is a matter of fact." Read more »

December 28, 2016 - “Where Do You Place Your Chanukah Menorah?”

"...publicize the miracle." Read more »

November 30, 2016 - When to shout “Fire!”

Fires roared through regions of Israel for days because of hateful views fanned by hateful speech. Read more »

November 23, 2016 - AGM 2016/5777: Rabbi Yael Splansky’s Address

There is so much to say and so much to do against the backdrop of a changing world... Read more »

November 10, 2016 - Marking this Moment in Time

The night of November 9th marks the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Read more »

November 3, 2016 - “A Hard Rain is Gonna Fall” - (Shmini Atzeret Sermon, excerpted and reworked)

According to the Talmud, our prayer for rain is delayed... Read more »

October 20, 2016 - VIDEO: Yom Kippur - Sermon by Rabbi Yael Splansky

From Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5777 Read more »

October 18, 2016 - VIDEO: Kol Nidre

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Click image above to play. Kol Nidre: Tuesday, October 11, 2017. Rabbi Yael Splansky. Holy Blossom Temple. 5777 Read more »

October 5, 2016 - VIDEO: Second Day Rosh Hashanah Sermon

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Honouring Jews-by-Choice and Thanking Non-Jewish Parents who are Raising Jewish Kids. Click image above to play. Second Day Rosh Hashanah Sermon: Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Rabbi Yael Splansky. Holy Blossom Temple. 5777 Read more »

August 10, 2016 - Grandparents

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. I’ve heard of a statistic.  I don’t know if it’s true.  It goes like this: If you are a North American Jew who would like to live in the same city as your grandchildren, Toronto is your best bet. Many people lament that this isn’t as true today as it once... Read more »

August 9, 2016 - Join Leading Rabbi In Israel

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Join me for a jam-packed, tough-stuff tour of what divides and what unites Israeli Jewry.  We call this a “Machloket Mission.”  A debate that is “for the sake of Heaven.”  Join the conversation, ask thoughtful questions, and really listen to the honest answers that emerge.  The Jewish future depends on it.... Read more »

July 13, 2016 - Building a Bridge of Free Will and Good Will

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. The word is out.  By now you know all about our new Terumah membership model for young families at Holy Blossom Temple.  (If you don’t, please click here.)  It’s based on mutual trust between the generations.  It isn’t a freebee or a gimmick.  It isn’t a seasonal sale.  We believe congregational... Read more »

June 17, 2016 - Sermon: June 12, 2016 - Rabbi Yael Splansky

Click image above to listen. God’s broken Heart. – Rabbi Yael Splansky – June 12, 2016. Read more »

June 17, 2016 - Sermon: June 11, 2016 - Rabbi Yael Splansky

Click image above to listen. From Continuity to Engagement. How the Next Generation Signs onto the Covenant. – Rabbi Yael Splansky – June 11, 2016. Read more »

June 15, 2016 - Lock Down at Mount Sinai

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. I was on my way to Hart House.  Being rerouted around University Avenue wasn’t unusual; it was Graduation Day after all.  I found my parking spot and continued on foot.  Maybe it was my years living in Israel, maybe it was the news from Orlando, but I noticed a look on... Read more »

June 6, 2016 - Sermon: June 4, 2016 - Rabbi Yael Splansky

Click image above to listen. IM (if) Rabbi Yael Splansky – June 4, 2016. Read more »

May 18, 2016 - “God in the Laboratory”

click image above to play By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Delivered May 3, 2016 upon receiving The Israel Cancer Research Fund’s Women of Action Award When Norman Shiner called with this very special invitation, I was, of course, very honoured, but truth be told, it wasn’t an easy “Yes.”  ICRF is a remarkable organization, led by remarkable... Read more »