Rabbi’s Sermons

Beshelach: February 11, 2017, Shabbat Shira

  • Posted on February 12, 2017

Shabbat Shalom As Miriam sang at the Red Sea, in our Parsha, and as Moses sang the great Shirat HaYam, this Shabbat has music at its core. Not surprisingly, the Haftara for today is also a song of victory, the Song of Deborah after the great victory over the Canaanite city of Hatzor. The calendar […] Read More »

Vayera: January 28, 2017

  • Posted on January 30, 2017

Shabbat Shalom. For many people, the Holocaust teaches different lessons. The lessons of a country where morality was suspended, redefined and ignored are lessons that are never far from the mind of us Rabbis. How could human beings kill so easily? How could people close their eyes to the reality of death and destruction? How […] Read More »

Vayachi: January 14, 2017

  • Posted on January 15, 2017

Shabbat Shalom This week we prepare to finish the Book of Genesis. After weeks of following the chronicles of the Patriarchs of the Bible, we close the story with the deaths of Jacob and Joseph, the settlement of Jacob’s family in Egypt and we have set the stage for the even larger story of the […] Read More »

Vayigash: January 7, 2017

  • Posted on January 8, 2017

Shabbat Shalom. One of the questions the Rabbis over the centuries have asked is “Why did Joseph, during the 21 years he lived in Egypt, never try to contact his father?” For the first years, we can understand that Joseph was a slave, a servant in Potiphar’s home and then a prisoner in jail. But […] Read More »

Vayetze: December 10, 2016

  • Posted on December 11, 2016

In looking at the Patriarch Jacob, we get the impression of a man who is deeply flawed who will endure many years of trial and tribulation to learn how to overcome his deceptive side and unlock the potential within him. In fact, all of our Patriarchs are flawed, each one struggling to overcome the darkest […] Read More »

Toldot: December 3, 2016

  • Posted on December 7, 2016

Shabbat Shalom. In the beginning of this week’s parsha, we find Rivka barren and Isaac praying on her behalf for a child. It must have been a pretty effective prayer for in the next verse, Rivka is pregnant with twins! You would think that everyone would be happy but the pregnancy is so difficult, there […] Read More »

Vayera – November 19, 2016

  • Posted on November 23, 2016

Shabbat Shalom. So three Hasidim were bragging about their Rebbe. The first one said “It was Shabbat and the day was brutally hot and we were all melting from the heat and we said to the Rebbe, “Rebbe, it is too hot; you must do something.” So the Rebbe prayed and in front of us […] Read More »

Lech Lecha: Saturday, November 12th

  • Posted on November 14, 2016

Sermon given by Rabbi Randall Konigsburg at Saturday morning Shabbat service on November 12, 2016. Shabbat Shalom. The Torah gives us no indication at all about what was going through the patriarch that will become known as Abraham’s head the day before God commanded him to leave his father’s home and go to a new land […] Read More »

Devarim: August 13th, 2016

  • Posted on August 22, 2016

Shabbat Shalom. This is the Shabbat before the Great Fast of Tisha B’Av. The day we commemorate the destruction of the first and second Temples of Jerusalem. Over the centuries there have been many tragedies associated with the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. This Shabbat, just before the fast, we are reminded […] Read More »

D’var Torah given by Ilana Bernstein for Sisterhood Shabbat honoring Lisa Plavin

  • Posted on January 28, 2016

D’var Torah given by Ilana Bernstein, Rabbi and Lisa Plavin’s daughter, for the occasion of Sisterhood honoring Lisa on Sisterhood Shabbat, January 16, 2016. ~~~ Shabbat Shalom. I was so pleased when I was asked to speak this Shabbat. I believe it was nearly 25 years ago when I last stood here and delivered a d’var […] Read More »

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