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 25, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

The Sixth Sense: Memory Read more »

March 29, 2019 - Rabbi Yael Splansky: Address to the Imdadul Islamic Centre Congregation

Rings of Peace on Friday, March 22, 2019 Read more »

February 22, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Splansky

From Here to There -- Part II Read more »

January 31, 2019 - Shabbat Sermon: Rabbi Splansky

Marie Kondo and the 10th Commandment Read more »

January 10, 2019 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky

I’ve just returned from a week’s vacation with my family in Curacao, a beautiful island off the coast of Venezuela.  We enjoyed the sunshine and snorkelling with the sea turtles, but the most meaningful moments were when we stepped into Jewish history Read more »

November 28, 2018 - Two Anchors, One Mezuzah

For over two millennia the two anchors of Jewish life have been the synagogue and the home Read more »

November 12, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Can a Prime Minister's Apology Restore Shattered Glass? Read more »

November 4, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Holding Fast to the Tree of Life Read more »

October 31, 2018 - #ShowUpForShabbat

The Jewish Community has launched the #ShowUpForShabbat campaign, calling on both Jews and non-Jews to fill synagogues throughout North America this coming Shabbat Read more »

October 17, 2018 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Yael Splansky "From Here to There"

Shalom from Jerusalem!  At the invitation of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, I am here for a four-day Unity Mission with twenty-one Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative Rabbis of North America Read more »

October 10, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Death by A Kiss Read more »

October 2, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Chol HaMoeid Sukkot Sermon

Woe to the generation whose judges are in need of being judged! Read more »

September 20, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky - Yom Kippur 5779 Kol Nidre Sermon

“But I will Pray for You: A Tale of One People” Read more »

September 18, 2018 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Splansky

Honouring Rabbi Helfman for Five Years of Leadership and Service Read more »

September 17, 2018 - A new video from Rabbi Splansky

הנני Hineini translates to: “Here I am.” Read more »

August 22, 2018 - Taking our Teenagers Seriously

Every year at this time, I return to a High Holy Day prayer-poem, Ki Hinei KaChomer Read more »

July 31, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Saturday, July 28, 2018 Read more »

July 25, 2018 - Rabbinic Reflection: Rabbi Splansky

“Last Week” Read more »

July 11, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky: Shabbat Sermon

Saturday, July 7, 2018 Read more »

June 27, 2018 - Rabbi Yael Splansky: Rabbinic Reflection

Celebrating 20 Years: A Song of Ascents, A Song for The Steps Read more »

June 26, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky Shabbat Sermon: The Chabon Affair

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Read more »

June 26, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky Shabbat Sermon: #notmybible

Saturday, June 16, 2018 Read more »

June 18, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky Shabbat Sermon

May 19, 2018 Read more »

May 23, 2018 - Rabbi Splansky Shabbat Sermon

May 5, 2018 Read more »

May 2, 2018 - Rabbinic Reflection: #TorontoStrong Interfaith Vigil

It was a real privilege to participate in the Interfaith Vigil at Mel Lastman Square last Sunday evening Read more »

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