Sun, 14 September 2014
Rabbi Daniel Rapp, whose permanent home is in New York, might be dubbed the "Commuter Rabbi," because he regularly shuttles between Manhattan and Denver in order to serve and enrich our community in his capacity as the Interim Rabbi at East Denver Orthodox Synagogue.
Rabbi Rapp and his family were in Denver for much of this past summer and will return again soon so that he can help lead Yom Kippur services at EDOS.
Rabbi Rapp is a recognized Torah scholar and a Dayan (judge) at the Beth Din of America. His impressive credentials include serving as Associate Dean of Students of Undergraduate Torah Studies at Yeshiva University, where he is a visiting professor of Talmud. Rabbi Rapp received his juris doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was twice honored for academic excellence.
In mid-August, shortly before he returned to New York, Rabbi Rapp sat with Radio Chavura co-host Dean Rotbart at The Jewish Experience Center to share his thoughts on how the Jewish community can prepare for the High Holidays this year. The interview was not originally intended for broadcast and thus was not recorded in our regular radio studio. (Which explains the music, voices and noise in the background.)
"There is a spiritual gravity out there. If you're not pushing up, you're sinking down."
But the Rabbi's insights were so on target and valuable, we thought it best to let our readers and listeners hear what he had to say directly.
Our pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with Rabbi Rapp is the second in our series of 5775 conversations with prominent Colorado spiritual leaders on the topic of High Holidays preparations.