Nine Years Ago

Image: Rabbi Steve Chester,my sponsoring rabbi, speaks to me at my ordination on May 18, 2008 at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Linda Burnett.

Nine years ago today, I was ordained a rabbi. It was a long strange journey getting there, and it’s been a curious journey ever since. Lately I have been reminded by illness how much I love being a rabbi, and how grateful I am for meaningful work.

To all of you who have been with me on that path, thank you. ❤

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

13 thoughts on “Nine Years Ago”

  1. sweet memory! so glad you are a teaching Rabbi, guiding and encouraging so many of us searchers. Kol haKavod!

  2. Congratulations! You are a great deep on-going blessing in my world. I think I am among many who feel the same way. Thankful for the work and the determination that got you started and kept you going on a long hard road. You bring light to me often. Also thought and questions and comfort. The your health and your long happy life!

  3. Nine years ago, I attended your ordination by chance, as I was delighting with your classmate, our precious Kate. Today, my world is broadened by your presence, your inspiration and the breadth of your outreach. Mazal tov

    1. There are so many wonderful people I’ve since met who were at that service (on such a hot day! Whew!) Thank you for your leadership and your kindness, Rav.

  4. Thank YOU for being an awesome teacher! We are so lucky to have you as a rabbi and the wealth you share online.

    1. Thank you, Otir! This isn’t the rabbinate I expected, but this and teaching are deeply satisfying to me. Thank you for all that you contribute here. Without readers and questioners, I would be nothing but noise. Shabbat shalom!

  5. You have made Judaism accessible to so many. It’s been a blessing to have witnessed your journey!

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