Category Archive: Sermons

Holy Vision and Optical Delusion

Shanah tovah.  It’s so good to see each and every one of you. In 1952, Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, visited the U.S. on a fundraising mission.  Fresh off Israel’s miraculous War… Continue reading

What We Remember in Our Feet

“What We Remember in Our Feet” Cragsmoor Stone Church August 19, 2018   Happy Sunday to you.  And thank you – especially Deacon Jeff Slade – for inviting me to share in today’s service… Continue reading

Getting to Yes

  Gmar chatimah tovah.  May you be sealed in the Book of Life for joy, creativity, belonging and love – for the shalom (peace) and shleimut (wholeness) you need most. Fittingly for Yom Kippur, I have a confession.  Judaism’s… Continue reading

Paying up

“I beg of you: do not walk by without pausing to attend to this rather ridiculous performance – It could mean something; it could mean everything; It could mean: You must change your… Continue reading

Renewing our holy wholeness

Shanah tovah.  Welcome to 5778 and to renewing our holy journey together as we “return to the land of our souls.” For 3,000 years, our people have craved shalom – peace within, peace… Continue reading

Jewish Renewal, our Judaism, and parashat Terumah

Temple Beth El, Stamford CT Shabbat Terumah March 4 2017 * 6 Adar 5777 Shabbat Shalom. Rabbi Josh, Matt, Stuart and the Men’s Club – thank you for your warm welcome and for… Continue reading

Joy Like Our Lives Depend on It

Dvar Torah Sukkot Shabbat Congregation Kol Haneshamah Sarasota, FL October 20, 2016 Shabbat Shalom and moadim l’simcha!  I hope your Sukkot has brought joy for this season of joy.  It’s a joy for… Continue reading

The Big Lie – Yom Kippur 5777

The title of my talk is “The Big Lie.” And even though it’s Yom Kippur, the holiest day of our spiritual year, I’ll start with a whopper. Before Erev Rosh Hashanah, I read… Continue reading

Erev Rosh Hashanah 2016/5777 – The Renewal of Hope

Shanah tovah!  Welcome to this New Year 5777 that we hope will be full of sweet goodness and opportunity for everyone. Tonight we join together to renew a journey that is timeless.  It’s a… Continue reading

Receiving Torah, renewing the soul

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Shavuot Retreat June 11, 2016 • 5 Sivan 5776 On this Shabbat flowing into Shavuot, our Torah portion readies us to receive Torah anew inהתחדשות הנפש / renewal of… Continue reading