Is illness morally evil, or is it the morally neutral result of organisms like viruses and bacteria and cancer cells all doing their best to survive and replicate, just as they were created to do?
Rabbi Oren Hayon is the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in Houston. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and received his B.A. in English from Rice University. Following his graduation, Rabbi Hayon worked in management consulting and in the Los Angeles entertainment industry. After several years of work on studio and independent film projects, he began his rabbinical studies in Jerusalem. Rabbi Hayon received his M.A.H.L. and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Following his ordination, Rabbi Hayon served Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and worked as the Greenstein Family Executive Director and rabbi at the Hillel at the University of Washington.
Rabbi Hayon has held a number of leadership roles in the Reform Movement, serving as a Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and as an editor, translator and contributor of Hebrew texts and poetry for a number of publications by the CCAR Press, including Mishkan HaNefesh, the High Holy Day machzor, and LaKol Eit, a Rabbi’s Manual for Reform rabbis.