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Sermon Bechukotai


Once upon time, there was a meeting in a synagogue. Like many meetings in a synagogue, it was getting heated! It happened in this week, the week when the Torah portion, Bechukotai, was approaching; and, the Gabbai was adamant!

Rabbi's Israel Trip Sermon

Sermon report on Israel trip- May 2016


Someone once said that life is what happens while you're on your way to the destination. Sometimes it's not what you plan in life that is most special ,  it's what happens in spite of the plans.

Yizkor Passover 2016

Yizkor Pesach 2016


Yizkor means remembering, but there are different kinds of remembering in our life time , and even more kinds after we are dead.

As teenagers in rebellion we may remember a parent who used to be so nice and now is so controlling.

Rabbi Passover Sermon

First day Passover sermon ( influenced by Rabbi Kassel Abelson)    


On the Seder table there are three Matzot which are covered and used at the beginning of the Seder.  The leader of the Seder takes the middle matzah, breaks it, wraps it up and puts it away.  It is the Afikomen to be eaten at the conclusion of the Seder.

Tazria 2016

Sermon Tazria 2016

Today's reading had the laws of purification for skin diseases which we collectively call tzarat, often  translated as leprosy.

Shemini 2016

Shemini 2016

IN a magazine of sermons for Christian preachers I found the following,

      “There is a small poem that is often quoted in Christian Bible Studies that goes like this:

How odd/Of God/To Choose/The Jews.

Tzav 2016

Sermon Tzav 2016

The opening of the Torah Portion begins:


“And G-d said to Moses,  ‘Command Aaron and his sons saying, This is the law of the burnt offering.”

Now the language is very strange here.  Usually the Torah writes, “And G-d said to Moses,” or “Say unto” or “Speak unto,” but rarely does it “command.”

Shabbat Zachor

 Sermon for March 19, 2016

Before the takeoff of the domestic flight the stewardess went through the usual announcements. You know how it goes. Well this time there was a slight variation.

Ki Tisa

A favorite story of mine, I’ve told it before and I’ll tell it again, is about a man who takes a bath every day with his “tefflin” on.  One day his friend is over.  He sees him in the bathtub, sitting there, “tefflin” on his hands, “tefflin” on his head, straps hanging down, and he says to him, “What are you doing?”


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