Clergy Sermons

At Central Synagogue

Sermons from November 2015

Maurice A. Salth
A Renewed Hope (Parashat Vayishlach)

Maurice A. Salth  |  November 27, 2015

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach
Parashat Vayeitzei

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach  |  November 20, 2015

Julia R. Cadrain
Parashat Tol’dot

Julia R. Cadrain  |  November 13, 2015

Angela W. Buchdahl
Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh (Parashat Chayei Sarah)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  November 6, 2015

We are in the last chapter of our first patriarch Abraham’s life. It is a challenging time—he is old and frail, his beloved wife Sarah has just died, his son Isaac is barely speaking to him after the near sacrifice, and his other son Ishmael is estranged after Abraham had cast him and his mother out. Tough times. Just two parashiyot before, in Lech L’cha, Abraham is given such grand promises by God: “I will make you a great nation,” and “I am giving this land to your descendants.” But at the end of Abraham’s life, it seems that these promises of land or more progeny are not fulfilled and it’s unclear whether they will be.