Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. SR participants meet once a month to read short passages from their respective scriptures on a certain topic. Facilitated by a study leader, each session is an opportunity to listen and share various perspectives. SR sessions help participants reflect on a curious list of topics within the Abrahamic tradition. The result is often a deeper understanding of others and one’s own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities.
Scriptural Reasoning: Introduction Reading Material: Marriage
This Month`s Study Leader
Rabbi David Greenspoon is a rarity among clergy: he’s a veteran of the United States Navy—twice. From 1981-1985 he was enlisted and deployed on a guided missile cruiser and an aircraft carrier. In 1989 he was appointed as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve and served as a chaplain until 1996. These experiences lead Rabbi Greenspoon to ground his rabbinic work in relationships; he understands his rabbinate is a “rabbinate of presence.” His approach to servant leadership in particular has resulted in numerous awards for the congregations he served and has been transformative for congregations and communities, especially in the realms of interfaith work and civic engagement.
Rabbi Greenspoon has held numerous leadership positions within and beyond the Jewish community. In 2021 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa by the Jewish Theological Seminary for his 25+ years of service to the Jewish community. Always learning and growing, Rabbi Greenspoon is undertaking specialized training for credentials in healthcare chaplaincy, while growing his recently launched business, Jewtique Concierge Rabbinic Services.