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

September 18, 2017 - Sermon: "Praised are You, God, who Desires Change"

"Fantasy and faith may even be exact opposites." Read more »

September 6, 2017 - Making the Most of Ellul

The month of Ellul, which prepares us for the High Holy Days if we let it, is both a gift and a challenge.  Read more »

August 17, 2017 - Charlottesville: We stand in solidarity with our sister synagogue

The news of the day is shocking and difficult to integrate into our understanding of democracy, progress, and the place of a Jew in the world today. Read more »

July 12, 2017 - Lean In To Israel

I recently received an email from a long-time, devoted congregant who is smart, accomplished, fair-minded.  The subject line of his email:  “Troubles in Israel.” Read more »

July 4, 2017 - We are Duty-bound to Let our Voices be Heard

Some lovers of Israel feel Diaspora Jews must not meddle into the politics of Israel. Read more »

June 28, 2017 - Ayin L'Tziyon, Eyes on Israel

You have been reading the news from Israel.  Here are the voices of our partners and official representatives on the ground. Read more »

June 14, 2017 - Why Synagogues Matter

I recently shared a taxi with a talented colleague. He asked for advice... Read more »

June 13, 2017 - Sermon: For Yerushalayim - Rabbi Yael Splansky

June 10, 2017 Read more »

May 17, 2017 - Introducing our Summer Rabbinic Intern, Sam Kaye

The jewel in the crown of the Reform Movement is our seminary, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Read more »

May 15, 2017 - Sermon: Judaism Embraces Skeptics

By Rabbi Yael Splansky. Read more »

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 »

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