Clergy Sermons

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Sermons from September 2015

Ari S. Lorge
I Seek Your Face (Rosh HaShanah 5776)

Ari S. Lorge  |  September 14, 2015

“I must admit one thing to you… I could never understand how one can love one’s neighbor… One can love one’s neighbors in the abstract… but at close quarters it’s almost impossible.”

Those were the words of Ivan in Dostoyevsky’s classic The Brothers Karamazov as he responds to the commandment from Leviticus to love our neighbor.

Maurice A. Salth
The Jewish Secret of Happiness (Rosh HaShanah 5776)

Maurice A. Salth  |  September 14, 2015

Our Founding Fathers took a bold stance in the Declaration of Independence when they wrote that each person has the “unalienable right…to the pursuit of happiness”—a remarkable and radical statement. How does each of us pursue happiness? How can each of us increase our satisfaction with our life?

Rabbi Lisa Rubin
Memory: The Day of Remembrance (Rosh HaShanah 5776)

Rabbi Lisa Rubin  |  September 14, 2015

In the second century, there lived a religious leader in a country confronted by aggression and conflict from a neighboring empire. The aggressors began a slow psychological attack over several years—peddling their ways and pressuring people to join them. The religious leader saw the erosion of his country beginning and decided to take the law into his own hands.

Angela W. Buchdahl
Crowns of Torah: Re-Forming Judaism (Rosh HaShanah 5776)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  September 13, 2015

This summer, David Azoulay, an ultra-Orthodox member of the Israeli Knesset and the Minister of Religious Services, called Reform Judaism “a disaster for the State of Israel.”

David Azoulay must be unaware that in 1917, it was a Reform rabbi, Stephen S. Wise, who helped persuade President Woodrow Wilson to support the Balfour Declaration, which confirmed Britain’s approval of the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people.

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach
Parashat Nitzavim

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach  |  September 11, 2015

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