“Not Very Religious” – A Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5777

It is told that once, just before the start of Yom Kippur, the Baal Shem Tov went up to a Jew in the back of the synagogue and asked him to lead the Kol Nidre service. The man looked up at the Baal Shem and did what any of us might do in the situation:Continue reading ““Not Very Religious” – A Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5777″

Opportunities and Challenges – A Sermon for Sh’lach Lecha 5775

This is the “messing up big-time” portion of the Torah. Over the next couple of weeks, we will read about two major incidents where the Israelites just simply screw up in God’s eyes. Next week, it will be the rebellion of Korach, who tries to usurp Moses and speak for God. And to whom badContinue reading “Opportunities and Challenges – A Sermon for Sh’lach Lecha 5775”

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