Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson

Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson is dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and vice president of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He is also dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe. His website is www.bradartson.com.


Articles by Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson

The Value Of Animal Sacrifices

The institution of animal sacrifice allows us to confront our deepest subconscious urges and needs.

If It’s Broken, Why Keep It?

The presence of the broken tablets in the Ark reminds us of the value of objects that may not be functional but signify important relationships.

Clothes Are The Message

The clothing of our religious leaders communicates our perceptions of our relationships to God and each other.

Tzedakah And Jewish Education

Our communal responsibility to ensure the immortality of the Jewish people depends on our commitment to supporting Jewish education.

The Menorah: Let Your Light Shine

The menorah teaches that each of us has a unique gift to contribute to the world.

Here Comes The Judge

Parashat Mishpatim teaches us that our society cannot function without laws, judges, and courts of justice.

Parents Make It To The Top 10

The complex ways in which parents serve as our bridge between God and the world.

Why Beat the Willow?

When tradition is silent, symbolic explanations arise.

The Ritual of Beating the Willow

How did this Sukkot tradition develop?

When Miracles Are Not Enough

The transformation into a sacred people occurs not through miracles but rather through steady education, discipline and communal reinforcement.