Category Archive: Sermons

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

Keystones of Renewal: The ALEPH Listening Tour, the Future and You.

Kabbalat Shabbat Congregation Nevei Kodesh Boulder, Colorado May 20, 2016 • 13 Iyar 5776   Shabbat Shalom.  Thank you, Rabbi Sarah Bracha and the Nevei Kodesh family, for so warmly welcoming Rachel and… Continue reading

Shabbat HaGadol, the ALEPH Listening Tour, and reclaiming the voice

Kabbalat Shabbat – Shabbat HaGadol Kehilla Community Synagogue April 15, 2016 • 8 Nisan 5776 Shabbat Shalom.  Thank you Reb David, Reb Dev, Hazzan Shulamit, Reb Burt, Reb Diane and the whole Kehilla family for… Continue reading

Going free in the light

Shabbat Dvar – Parshat Tazria Elijah Minyan & Shirat HaYam San Diego, California April 9, 2016 • 1 Nisan 5776 Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov.  Thank you Reb Wayne and Ellen, David and Rhonda,… Continue reading

Keeping the fire burning

Kabbalat Shabbat Dvar – Parshat Tzav Or Shalom Synagogue Vancouver, British Columbia March 25, 2016 • 16 Adar II 5776 Shabbat shalom.  For months Rachel and I have looked forward to this weekend, and… Continue reading

Yom Kippur 2015 / 5776: “Who Would You Be if You Lost it All?”

G’mar chatimah tovah.  For every worthy hope and every healing you seek this year, may it be sealed for good. I want to share a true story about David Gregory, former host of… Continue reading