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Maurice A. Salth
Who Do I Want to Be? (Yom Kippur 5772)

Maurice A. Salth  |  October 8, 2011

Deciding who we want to be is not only a game children play. It is one of life’s great challenges and it is a central question of this holy day of Yom Kippur. We take time today to reflect on what we have done with our lives and imagine what still might be.

Peter J. Rubinstein
A Journey to Faith: God Given Miracles (Yom Kippur 5772)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  October 8, 2011

As a child, I never observed the slightest indication of Jewish learning or textual interest in our home. However, what was blatantly obvious was that my dad had a powerful ancestral, primal, and instinctive connection to the Jewish people.

Peter J. Rubinstein
A Journey to Faith: Needing God (Rosh HaShanah 5772)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 28, 2011

For the first time in my life and in my rabbinate I feel compelled to speak directly and publicly about…God. While I’ve referenced God in almost every sermon I presume it would be difficult for you to know what I believe about God.

Peter J. Rubinstein
The Mosque Debate: Lessons on Tolerance and Civility (Yom Kippur 5771)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 18, 2010

I had thought not to focus on the mosque controversy during these holidays, but we have been radicalized by the substance and tone of the debate. Underlying and barely masqueraded by the public vitriol ostensibly focused on the location and legality of Cordoba House is a poisonous attack on Muslims themselves. Since we Jews have suffered from venomous hatred and invidious allegations against us we speak from the truth of our experiences. We cannot stand on the sidelines.

Michael S. Friedman
Why Be Jewish?

Michael S. Friedman  |  September 17, 2010

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