Clergy Sermons

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Sermons from September 2017

Rabbi Lisa Rubin
This Too Shall Pass (Rosh HaShanah 5778)

Rabbi Lisa Rubin  |  September 22, 2017

When the people we love are healthy, when we have a way to make a living, when our children and grandchildren are thriving and our marriages are strong, that’s when we should say Gam ze ya’avor. We can never feel regretful or let down or wish to turn back the clock if we enjoy the present moment and truly live in it.

Rabbi Rebecca  Rosenthal
Parashat Haazinu

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal  |  September 22, 2017

Maurice A. Salth
Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Our Words Matter (Rosh HaShanah 5778)

Maurice A. Salth  |  September 21, 2017

Our words matter. What we say and how we say them. Our words can change people’s lives forever. How we speak to one another has been a priority for Jewish texts, commentators and congregants for millennia. What we say has power.

Ari S. Lorge
An Invisible Legacy (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur 5778)

Ari S. Lorge  |  September 21, 2017

We can live longer than we are remembered. We can leave our mark even if people can’t name us anymore. If we link our lives to a force that acts to change our world for the better, we can continue to have an impact even after we are gone. So long as that force for change exists, so do we.

Angela W. Buchdahl
Nothing More Whole Than a Broken Heart (Rosh Hashanah 5778)

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  September 20, 2017

The purpose of the Shofar blast is to shake us up, and to disturb our status quo. The shofar call, “Shevarim,” literally means BROKEN. And if you do not feel any cracks emerge from that sonic signal, you might ask yourself if you’ve truly fulfilled your obligation to hear it.

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