Rabbi’s Sermons

Noach & Bat Mitzvah of Jordana Benblatt: October 21, 2017

  • Posted on October 23, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. Jordana, the story of Noah and the flood is a very complicated story. The two principle characters, God and Noah, leave us deeply unhappy with the way the story unfolds. I am not sure there is any effective way to tell this story of humanity’s failure, God’s remorse and Noah as the improbable […] Read More »

Bereshit: October 14, 2017

  • Posted on October 17, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom. Last year, my son and his wife refused to attend a family party in Florida that was being arranged by my sister-in-law. My sister-in-law was so angry that they would not attend. My son said that they were afraid of the Zika virus that was now common in South Florida. My sister-in-law thought […] Read More »

Shemini Atzeret: October 12, 2017

  • Posted on October 16, 2017
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Hag Sameach. We certainly live in a world that is in need of redemption. We look to God, sometimes multiple times a day, to help us bring some kind of order and justice to the world. The Sages of the Talmud also looked for ways that ordinary people could act that would be of great […] Read More »

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 »

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