Rabbi’s Sermons

Shemini: April 14, 2018

  • Posted on April 15, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom. In our parsha, the people of Israel are on the cusp of a new way of worshiping God. In the past, the family based religion of their ancestors will give way to a new central sanctuary where hereditary priests will officiate. Perhaps this change takes place as a result of the Golden Calf […] Read More »

Pesach: March 31, 2018

  • Posted on April 2, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom. Rabbi Marc Gellman, in his book, “Does God Have a Big Toe?” begins the story of Moses with a conundrum that God must deal with. He writes, “God needed a Jew who knew about freedom to get the people free and Moses was the only free Jew. … There was, however, on problem […] Read More »

Tzav: March 23, 2018

  • Posted on March 26, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom. A few years ago, my children introduced me to a new term, “First World Problems”. While I was aware of the problems of living in a third world country, I didn’t understand what a “First World Problem” was. They explained it to me with this example: A Third World Problem is trying to […] Read More »

Tetzaveh: February 24, 2018

  • Posted on February 26, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Parsha is a fascinating look at the world of fashion design. Perhaps this is the result of the earliest edition of “Project Runway” as the design of the uniform of the High Priest and the uniforms of the other priests are described in great detail. The robes are designed with dignity […] Read More »

Mishpatim: February 10, 2018

  • Posted on February 12, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom. When you start to study Talmud, the classic text of Jewish Law, the first thing you need to learn is how to think like a Talmud scholar. The logic of the Talmud is explained by the following story. Two men fall down a chimney. One emerges with a dirty face and one emerges […] Read More »

Vaera: January 13, 2018

  • Posted on January 15, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom “Who is the Lord that I should heed him? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!” These words, spoken by Pharaoh in Egypt to Moses at the end of the parsha last week, set the stage for all that we will read in the Torah this week […] Read More »

Shemot: January 6, 2018

  • Posted on January 8, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom The Book of Bereshit/Genesis closes with the family of Jacob reunited and ready to face the future. The Book of Shemot/Exodus lets us know that this future is not going to all be wine and roses. A new Pharaoh arises who did not know Joseph and this new king begins a process that […] Read More »

Vayechi: December 30, 2017

  • Posted on January 2, 2018
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Shabbat Shalom One of the things we learn when we study the Bible is that any Parsha that has in its name “Chai”, “Life”, usually means that someone in the Parsha will die. The Torah wants to keep the lessons upbeat; but death is also a part of life, so Torah also teaches us how […] Read More »

Vayigash: December 23, 2017

  • Posted on December 26, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. There is a story that I have often told of a man who was late for services on his father’s Yahrtzeit. The only open seat was in the middle of the row and he was in a hurry because it was almost time for saying Kaddish. In his haste to get to his […] Read More »

Miketz: December 16, 2017

  • Posted on December 18, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom and Hag Urim Sameach, a Happy Festival of Lights. I was reminded this week, in an email from the Jewish Theological Seminary, about a very strange passage in the Babylonian Talmud. Avodah Zarah 8a When the first human being saw that the days were getting shorter and shorter, he said: “Oy! Woe is me; […] Read More »

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