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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  (rabbi@adathisraelsf.org) has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


One of the areas that the media in Israel and aboard like to highlight are the tensions between the ultra-orthodox community and the more secular Jewish community. From a Jewish perspective, Jews not getting along is a bad thing. As a matter of fact, the Talmud teaches that the main reason our Temple was destroyed was due to “sinat chinam” (baseless hatred) between our ancestors. To this very day we dedicate three weeks out of the summer to mourn the tragic consequences of that hatred. However, the purpose of the “Three Weeks” isn’t just to lament the past but to change the future.  

Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook taught that if our Temple was destroyed because of sinat chinam then logically it can be rebuilt by “ahavat chinam” (baseless love). The obvious question is, in today’s seemingly polarized Jewish world how can this be accomplished? I believe that the following article by Rabbi Yonason Rosenblum published Mishpacha Magazine provides an answer.