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When Hatred Becomes the Core Value

When Hatred Becomes the Core Value

Yom Kippur Morning 2012/5773 When Hatred Becomes the Core Value I am proud to be your Rabbi.  I am proud to be an Israeli.  I am proud to be a Jew.  I am proud to be a Rodefet Shalom v’tzedek… one who at her core pursues, teaches and...

 

The Darshan: Preacher and Teacher of Talmudic Times

The Darshan: Preacher and Teacher of Talmudic Times

The Darshan: Preacher and Teacher of Talmudic Times by Marc Bregman Throughout the Rabbinic period, one main instrument of popular education-particularly what would today be called “adult education” – was the scriptural...

 

How To Be Grateful, Even When Successful

How To Be Grateful, Even When Successful

Yiskor Sermon 2010 Shemini Atzeret September 30th, 2010 How To Be Grateful, Even When Successful (sermon influenced by Rabbi Hayyim Kieval) One of the most famous preachers in Eastern Europe in the eighteenth century was Rabbi Jacob Krantz,...

 

Exceptionalism: The Mantra Of Generation F

Exceptionalism: The Mantra Of Generation F

Friday, October 7, 2011   Kol Nidre 5772 Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhD     Congregation Emanu-El In James A. Mitchener’s The Source (1965), fictional archaeologist, Dr. John Cullinane, worked with Israeli Ilan Eliav, modeled after famed...

 

This is My Very Last Sermon

Rabbi Sydney Mintz Yom Kippur 5772 Congregation Emanu-El This is my very last sermon. It could be. I don’t know. This is your last Yom Kippur. It might be. You don’t know. It is possible that we will not be here next year. Are you ready?...

 

Lessons on Leadership and Responsibility

Lessons on Leadership and Responsibility

Parashat Ki Tavo September 24, 2005 Rabbi Francine Roston   Recently I sat on an interfaith panel and noticed once again the differences between Judaism and Christianity. In particular I am thinking about the role of religious leaders...

 

King, Heschel, Obama & You!

King, Heschel, Obama & You!

Rabbi Francine Roston, Congregation Beth El, South Orange, NJ Delivered on Shabbat Shemot in honor of the Inauguration of our 44th President January 17, 2009 / 21 Tevet 5769 On this Shabbat, we begin a new book of the Torah, a new story of...

 

The Last Lecture

Yom Kippur Morning Rabbi Stephen Wise October 9, 2008    Tishrei 10, 5769 Unetneh tokef, kedushat hayom – let us proclaim the sacred power of this day.  Yom Kippur, it is awesome and full of dread.  On Rosh Hashana it is written, on...

 

Creating a Culture of Jewish Food on Yom Kippur Day

Creating a Culture of Jewish Food on Yom Kippur Day

5770 Yom Kippur Day Sermon Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein Creating a Culture of Jewish Food on Yom Kippur Day There are generally two topics which are taboo to discus in mixed company: religion and politics.  On Yom Kippur we add a third: food. Today...

 

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Erev Rosh HaShana Sermon, 5768 Rabbi Julie Greenberg In past years, on this auspicious evening, as we step into the New Year, I have frequently spoken about the sense of home: all of us from far-flung places, honing in as if by instinct, coming...