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Rabbi Levi Welton
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Rabbi Welton is a writer and educator raised in Northern California. A graduate of the Machon Ariel Rabbinical Institute in Jerusalem and a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, Rabbi Welton has served Jewish communities in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, and Montreal. Rabbi Welton currently is the Associate Rabbi at The Hampton Synagogue and can be can be reached at

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A Jew is a Jew

(74) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Below is a copy of the Shabbat sermon delivered by Rabbi Levi Welton on July 11th, 2015 at The Hampton Synagogue Rabbi Marc Schneier Community Center:

I saw a cartoon published just this week titled "Soccer in 2015" that depicted a little boy walking next to his dad holding a...

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Happy Rosh Hashana!

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:46 PM


Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year that kicks off the High Holiday season for Jewish people around the globe. Over the years, it has become associated with many recognizable objects and foods which you might see depicted on Rosh Hashana greeting cards...

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Freedom From Religion

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 9:21 AM


Passover, the Jewish holiday of Freedom. Freedom from the slavery and rules of Pharaoh to become a free nation. On Passover, Jews around the globe will gather together to read the Hagadah, the story of Jewish Freedom from the oppression in ancient Egypt....

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Finding Nemo... in the Bible

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 10:07 PM


On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the story of "Jonah and the Fish" is read in synagogues around the globe.

Question: Why do we read this particular portion instead of something more famously epic like "Moses and the Golden...

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Frankenstein Meets the Bible

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:05 PM


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published in London in the early 1800's well after the Jewish legend of the Golem-creature who protected 16th century Jews in Prague Although there are some differences between the story lines, the similarities between Frankenstein and the Golem are...

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'Star Wars' Versus the Bible

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:49 AM


A common expression that is found in the Bible is "Go in peace." It is an expression of greeting that is still used in contemporary Jewish circles today. When Jews are entering the synagogue they often say to each other shalom aleichem --...

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Hippies Versus the Bible

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 10:24 AM


Was Joseph a hippie?

Well, the Bible does mention that Joseph was a young man who was a dreamer (Genesis 36:8), with funky hair (Gen. Rabbah 84:7), who wore a "coat of many colors" (Genesis 37:3). Growing up as a kid...

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Jews vs. Muslims

(36) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:34 PM

"The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion." -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Whether its jihadi terrorists, crusading rapists or holy conquerors, it seems that our history is replete with great religions creating great suffering. As peace talks...

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Are Women Dirty?

(16) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 8:29 PM

Recently, I was at a slam-poetry night where amateurs and professionals alike got up to perform their spoken word. To be honest, I had thought a poetry performance would simply be about whimsical rhymes and cryptic novelties. Upon being dragged to this event by my friend, I witnessed the sheer...

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Are Gentiles Cool?

(30) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:17 AM

As a rabbi, I am intrigued by how people translate terms from the Old Testament. Written in ancient Hebrew, the Torah is replete with words that have multiple meanings, layers and messages often lost in translation from ancient script to contemporary dialect. One of these terms is "gentile" or "non-Jew."...

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Is God Guilty?

(443) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 5:24 PM

An observation I've made is that you can tell a lot about a religion -- and more importantly, a nation -- by how they react to suffering. Here are a few ways to view "bad things" from a people who have undoubtedly been subject to suffering for millennia: the Jews....

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