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Sermons from September 2014

Andrew Straus
Un’taneh Tokef (Rosh HaShanah 5775)

Andrew Straus  |  September 26, 2014

Not fair! So much about this year just hasn’t been fair. It’s not fair that hundreds of innocent children died in Gaza this summer. It’s not fair that so many young Israelis were killed this summer and so many more will live with PTSD for the rest of their lives. Where is the logic behind murdering three young Israelis hitchhiking home? Where does it say that because you have a different faith, I have the right to behead you?

Julia R. Cadrain
Shabbat Shuvah (Parashat Haazinu)

Julia R. Cadrain  |  September 26, 2014

Maurice A. Salth
No Reward for the Vengeful (Rosh HaShanah 5775)

Maurice A. Salth  |  September 25, 2014

Earlier this year, I received an unexpected phone call. It jarred me from the normalcy of my day and made me question my character. The call was from a woman asking me to give a reference for a former colleague before my rabbi days; someone I’d once trusted. I’d been his supervisor and had gone out on a limb for him and then we had a falling out: he betrayed my confidence. I can still feel the pain from that time.

Angela W. Buchdahl
Honoring Your Parents Is the Hardest Commandment (Rosh HaShanah 5775)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  September 24, 2014

What’s the secret to a long and prosperous life? The bestseller list overflows with self-help books that have tried to answer that question. But the ultimate answer is laid out simply in our Torah, the bestselling book of all time. The fifth of the Ten Commandments reads: “Honor your father and your mother that you may long endure and fare well on the land that the Eternal your God is giving you.” Put simply: honor your parents and you will live long and prosper.

David B. Edelson
President’s Remarks (Rosh HaShanah 5775)

David B. Edelson  |  September 24, 2014

Good evening, and welcome to “Central Synagogue West.” On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I want to wish you and your loved ones Shanah Tovah, a sweet New Year filled with happiness and peace.

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