Rabbi’s Sermons

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 »

Vayishlach & Jack Libow Bar Mitzvah: December 2, 2017

  • Posted on December 4, 2017
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Shabbat Shalom Jack, there is a famous story, told in many different ways, about a man named Itzik who lived in Cracow, Poland. He kept having a dream of a castle, a river and a bridge. The voice in the dream said that the river is the Vistula, the castle is in Budapest and under […] Read More »

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 »

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