Other Teaching/Writings

These articles by Rabbi Perkins have been published in other periodicals or at conferences/seminars:


Remarks at Needham Community Vigil, October 28, 2018


Reflections on Charlottesville at Needham Solidarity Vigil, August 15, 2017. 


Ascents and Descents from Forevermore & Other Stories, by S.Y. Agnon.  Translation by Peretz Rodman and Rabbi Carl M. Perkins


HanukkahExcerpts from A Treasury of Jewish Law and Lore, by J.D. Eisenstein, 1917.  Translations by Rabbi Carl M. Perkins, 2015


The Sacred Center (Judaism magazine)


The Story of Hanukkah v. The History of Hanukkah:  What Really Happened – And Does It Matter?  (December 2012)


Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care.  October 30, 2012

The Jewish tradition has wrestled with the profound, delicate, and heart-wrenching questions surrounding end-of-life care for many years. We explored some of these questions at a program entitled, "Jewish Perspectives on End-Of-Life Care" at Temple Aliyah on Tuesday, October 30th. Several key texts which I referenced appear on a study sheet that you can access here.  Kenneth Richman, PhD, a medical ethicist who teaches at MCPHS, spoke about advanced care directives (living wills).


The Pedagogy of Serendipity: Presenting the Weekly Parashah Through the Eyes of Rabbinic Text .  January 2010


Letters from Israel, 2006

Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu July 27, 2006

Elana's letter July 27, 2006

"Routine" Shelling July 21, 2006

Is This How A War Begins? July 16, 2006


Israel Diary, 2005

Hag Sameach or Yom Tov? Yom HaAtzmaut 5765

Erev Yom HaZikkaron- May 11, 2005

Contamination and Death- Yom HaZikkaron 




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