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CSK's Book of Life Speakers 2023

08/31/2023 01:57:17 PM




When the Rabbis of the Talmud would argue over a point revolving around life and living, there was always a great variety of opinions on the “shoulds” of life.  That variety of opinions was actually the point.  But after rounds and rounds of discussion, if you really...Read more...


08/24/2023 09:12:46 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

Dear CSK friends,

From the very beginning, CSK engaged in a value proposition. We believed and still do that
dues establish an expectation of payment, while voluntary contributions invite investment. For
10 years, we have been offering meaningful, engaging, and inspiring Jewish programming to all
Jews, Jewish families, and those who love them. And we do so, unironically, as an act of faith.
We hope and, dare we say, we...

The Elul Project

08/17/2023 09:32:00 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

Elul is a time for self-reflection.  

Have you been thinking that maybe you need to do some work on yourself?

Do you have a trustworthy loved one who has offered this suggestion?

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are around the corner with a special delivery – Your very own Cheshbon Hanefesh, The Accounting of Your Soul.  This Jewish wisdom tradition imagines each of us receiving the record of our...Read more...

Failure is our Friend 

08/10/2023 09:35:25 AM


Failure is our friend. 

If we haven’t fallen, how do we learn how to get up?  And how do we discover how to offer a hand to another who has fallen?

If we haven’t fessed up to breaking our word, how do we learn to receive the effort when made in our direction?

If we haven’t strived for something beyond our reach, achieved even some measure of our goal, and learned to live with imperfection, how do we...Read more...

Prell Shampoo

08/03/2023 08:46:51 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

Why do we cook? Why do we go to the trouble of envisioning the meal, finding the recipes,
standing over hot ovens, stoves, and barbecues, to then plate and serve the meal, that often
lasts us but a half hour, if that? For that matter, why do we mend a fence when it inevitably
will break, oil a hinge when we know it will rust, paint a wall, fix a chair, or obsess over just the
right spirit for just the right...

"Respect the Weather!"

07/20/2023 06:10:33 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

I was probably 8 years old and my mom, dad, sister, and I were in Colorado Springs visiting one of my Dad’s old friends, Jerry.  It was winter and Jerry and my Dad were very excited to bring my sister, Alli, and me, out to a snow field across the busy street, where we would go sledding.  My mom was immediately skeptical of the idea. I don’t know if it was because of the sledding, the snow, or just a general concern because...Read more...

How Do I Connect with My CSK Peeps

06/29/2023 01:01:52 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

Every Friday evening since CSK embarked on our journey, now 9 ½ years ago, we invite those present for Shabbat to share their simchahs, as I translate, their good newses. Out of a desire to continually seek to build community through knowing each other, through what we share, we offer these moments for singing “Happy Birthday!,” for offering a special Shehechyanu (blessing of arrival of a precious moment), for hearing about the...Read more...

There's A Bigger World

06/22/2023 02:54:03 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

To listen to Rabbi Scott's blog, please click HERE.

If your email inbox is anything like mine, and I’m sure it is, you are not thirsty for more solicitations from non-profits (not to mention a slew of the rest of the world, enticing you to spend more as well! ☺  

But I have indeed learned that the fundraising aphorism is true, people don’t give to organizations nearly as much as...Read more...

A Day of Great Important 

06/15/2023 11:24:14 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

To listen to Rabbi Scott's blog, please click HERE.

Up until probably 10 years ago, June 19th held great meaning for Natalie and me (and our families) as it is our wedding anniversary. But probably about the time, or soon after, when we moved to Texas, June 19th came to be more than the day Natalie and I celebrate our union (29 this year!). 

Perhaps of equal importance to the world (or…I guess...

Like the Fox Watching the Hen House

06/08/2023 08:35:15 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

To Listen to the Blog, click HERE.


Sometimes a good idiom is the best we can do.  

In French, they say, “Its like a fence eating the crop.”  

Often, we hear people say, “Its like cutting off your nose to spite your face,” or 

“Throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” or 

“Burning down the barn to kill the rats.” “Its like a goat left to guard the cabbage patch.”  Read more...


05/25/2023 09:38:28 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

Tonight and tomorrow is the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.  (CSK will be commemorating Shavuot tomorrow evening in a special Zoom Shabbat Text study on the 10 Commandments with Mi Shebeirach and Kaddish, please join us.) For Shavuot primer, I encourage you to click here.  

Shavuot is a holiday that falls 50 days since the first day of Passover and it is meant to help us each envision a personal...Read more...

 I Declare! 

04/27/2023 11:28:21 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

I didn’t get “in trouble” a lot as a kid.  My parents might tell you that it wasn’t, however, uncommon for me to receive pretty good grades that were often accompanied by comments like, “Scotty likes to talk,” or “Scotty isn’t always on task.”  Anyone who knows me today is probably not “aghast” at this characterization.  I think perhaps the most memorable time I got “in trouble” in school...Read more...

What's at Stake?

04/20/2023 11:57:17 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss

When it comes to the Rothko, I’ve noticed there are two kinds of CSK-ers: those who absolutely love the Rothko Chapel and those who don’t…yet.

From those who have expressed resistance to the chapel, I have heard that it feels cold.  Some have told me that the art feels expressionless and confounding.  And for others, who know a bit about Mark Rothko and hold some general knowledge about mid-20th...Read more...

Driveway Moment

04/13/2023 12:12:42 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

Whenever the Jews were threatened with disaster, the Baal Shem Tov would go to a certain place in the forest, light a fire, and say a special prayer. Always a miracle would occur, and the disaster would be averted.

In later times, when disaster threatened, the Maggid of Mezritch, his disciple, would go to the same place in the forest, and say, “Master of the universe, I do not know how to light the fire, but I can say the prayer.”...Read more...

Straight Out of Egypt

03/30/2023 08:30:18 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

Why do I get stuck? Why am I mired in frustration, or regret, or the stories about me that I imagine other people believe?  Why is it that after 53 years, with more than 20 as a Rabbi, more than 25 as a parent, and close to 30 as a husband, can I so easily get lost in self-doubt, critical of the whole of me, when I receive feedback that isn’t what I want to believe about myself? The ease with which I can tell myself stories...Read more...

Choice or Church?

03/22/2023 07:55:48 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

The Book of Deuteronomy declares, “Justice, justice, shall you pursue.”  Our Rabbis taught that “Justice” is repeated here because we are being commanded “to do justice, justly.”  And there are those who teach that “Justice” is repeated because there is rarely only one means by which a circumstance in our world can be made fairer.  This week, for the CSK blog, one of our CSK supporters and...Read more...

An Invitation

03/09/2023 09:08:06 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

“A mid-day break”…”A connection to community”…”The music”…”The opportunity to offer a Mi Shebeirach prayer, and focus for just a few moments, in the midst of the busy-ness of the day, on my loved one, my friend, who is ill…in the hospital…struggling for comfort and ease”…”Without a fixed time to do so, my prayers for channeling gratitude can so easily go...Read more...

Wisdom Works 

02/23/2023 05:52:11 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

To listen to this blog, click HERE.

About 15 or so years ago, I heard a most challenging question about Jewish ritual: 
Rabbi Irwin Kula, President Emeritus of CLAL (The Center for Learning and Leadership) who was just here in Houston teaching at Yom Limmud, asked a group of us at Emanuel in Birmingham, AL, “Does it work?” 

For example...

Does affixing a mezuzah to the...

I Told You So

02/16/2023 05:49:04 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

Parashat Mishpatim, this week’s Torah portion, follows on the heels of last week’s revelation of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments provide us with a “Cliff’s Notes” answer to the ultimate question: What does God want from us?  The Prophet Micah responded even more succinctly when he taught that what God wants is for human beings “to do justice, to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Standing...Read more...

Crisis in Israel

02/02/2023 12:53:23 PM


Rabbi Scott Hausman -Weiss

To listen to this blog, click here.

“The North American Jewish community has steadfastly come to the aid of Israel at moments of crisis. Israel belongs, first of all, to its citizens, and they have the final word. But Israel also matters to the entire Jewish people. When an Israeli government strays beyond what your commitments to liberal democracy can abide, you have both the right...Read more...

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