Rabbi’s Sermons

Shabbat Sukkot 5778 – October 7, 2017

  • Posted on October 7, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom and Moadim l’Simcha It is October and you know what October is all about … Baseball playoffs. The regular season is over. The wild card games have already been played. And soon, we will be talking World Series. Now we get to see who the real stars are in baseball, the ones who […] Read More »

Sukkot 1 5778 – October 5, 2017

  • Posted on October 5, 2017
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Hag Samach Having survived the Yamim Noraim, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we get this special holiday of Sukkot. If the Yamim Noraim are about teshuva and atonement, Sukkot is about pure joy. Sukkot is our harvest festival, a time to rejoice since the food for the season has been stored in and we are […] Read More »

Yom Kippur Yizkor 5778 – September 30, 2017

  • Posted on September 30, 2017
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Gemar Tov – may we have a good finish to our fasting this day. Yizkor, – Memory, this is the service of memory for those who have died. The very word Yizkor can bring Jews back to the synagogue when all other reasons for return are forgotten. When I was a child my Rabbi told […] Read More »

Kol Nidre 5778 – September 29, 2017

  • Posted on September 29, 2017
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Our greeting tonight is Tzom Kal -May we have an easy fast. Tomorrow morning we will read in the Torah that on this day, each year, we are to offer a series of sacrifices to atone for our sins and we are to practice “Self-denial” a term that the Sages teach means we must fast […] Read More »

Rosh Hashanah 5778 – September 21, 2017

  • Posted on September 25, 2017
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L’ Shana Tova U’metuka – May we be blessed with a happy and sweet New Year. In the movie and play, Le Misarables, Jean Valjean escapes his prison and creates a new identity for himself. He establishes a factory that employs many people and becomes a well-respected man in town. His secret identity suddenly is […] Read More »

Ki Tetze & Bar Mitzvah of Mitchell Marks – September 2, 2017

  • Posted on September 3, 2017
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Mitchell, you talked today about Mitzvot; especially the responsibility to look out for each other. As you said, you can’t just turn away from someone in need; you have to get involved and help make things better. And then, as you prepared for this day, the skies opened up over Houston and our country’s fourth […] Read More »

Devarim: July 29, 2017

  • Posted on August 4, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. I think it is easy to figure out what is going through the mind of Moses as he stands before the people and begins his last speeches before he dies. He wants to remind people of how far they have come, how difficult the road has been and how careful they will need […] Read More »

Mattot Maase: July 22, 2017

  • Posted on August 4, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. The People of Israel are nearing the end of their travels in the wilderness. They are approaching the Promised Land after their 40 years of punishment have come to an end. Our parshah has many details about how life for the Israelites will be different when they are no longer wandering and finally […] Read More »

Pinchas & Welcome to Cantor Bolts: July 15, 2017

  • Posted on July 17, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. This week and last week we met Pinchus, a nephew to Moses and Aaron and a member of the Levitical guard for the Mishkan. When Zimri, one of the tribal chieftains from the tribe of Shimon attempts to bring idolatry into the sacred area with Cozbi, a Moabite priestess, Pinchus, in his religious […] Read More »

Shelach Lecha & Troy Videll’s Bar Mitzvah: June 17, 2017

  • Posted on June 18, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. Troy, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner once asked a pre-school child who was looking around the synagogue, “What do you think is behind the curtain on the Bima?” The Rabbi had asked this to other students and had gotten different responses. One child told him that there was nothing behind the curtain. Another little girl […] Read More »

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