I’m delighted to share two new developments in my teaching work. The first is that I’ve been invited back to teach at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies this summer, to teach an introduction to Chasidut – one of my favorite subjects. I taught the same course there last summer and hugely enjoyed it, and am still in touch with many of the wonderful students I met then. Looking forward!
The second new development is my new Soundcloud page where I’ve been posting brief Torah teachings, many of them based on Chasidic texts, and meditations, in response to our calendar and Torah cycle.
We often refer to the Torah as the Tree of Life – a living, breathing tradition that we both receive and co-create. It is our inheritance and life’s work to play our part in its continuing growth and evolution.
I believe that Torah is best appreciated if we come to it with the questions that really matter, and as our fullest selves. As the Psalmist wrote, “the depths call to the depths.”
In service of addressing these questions, I teach an integrated Torah, consisting of a strong foundation of classical biblical and rabbinic sources, mystical and Chasidic wisdom, and insights from the full spectrum of the human experience: philosophy, psychology, literature etc.
Here’s some of the feedback I’ve received for this work:
Daniel came in to teach with great energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. Our study was tremendous and ended with some spoken word poetry that was a real highlight.
- Rabbi David Booth (Rabbi, Congregation Kol Emeth)
Daniel…is a broad thinker who can deliver important Jewish content in a meaningful way to children, youth and adults alike.
- Rabbi Eli Levin (Associate Rabbi, South Hampstead Shul)
Daniel did an amazing job last year teaching at our community Shavuot all-night learning event. His class was engaging and his insights into the material invaluable. He easily balanced the different levels of students and spoke to everyone where they were. He is welcome to teach anytime at my synagogue.
- Rabbi Marc Katz (Assistant Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim)
Daniel expertly took charge of the educational program…Daniel developed an exciting curriculum that had appeal for all members regardless of background…Students surveyed at the end of the series remarked on Daniel’s natural ability for teaching…The enthusiasm and passion Daniel brought to class each session inspired his students…His innovative teaching style encouraged students to reach beyond their comfort zone…I would recommend Daniel for a teaching or a pulpit position without reservation. Daniel is compassionate, listens to others, and does not shy from constructive criticism. He is extremely thorough and attentive to detail, and employs a wide array of sources to broaden the perspective of the orthodox community beyond the traditional authorities.
- Sarah Chopnick (Vice President, The Prospect Heights Shul)
Daniel added a dimension to the informal education at Camp Yavneh that energized our campers in their learning. His energy, creativity and dedication to bringing a dynamic Judaism to our next generation enlivened the souls of all who met him.
- Jeff Weener (Assistant Director, Camp Yavneh)