Here’s a joke: It was the middle of Shabbat morning services, and the rabbi noticed that old Irv Cohen was asleep in the third row. So he elbowed the Temple President and said, “Cohen is asleep again. Go wake him up!” The President answered: “That’s not fair.” So the rabbi replied, “What do you mean?Continue reading “More Than Words: A Sermon for D’varim 5775”
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Combating Extremism: A Sermon for Pinchas 5775
Here is a video podcast of the sermon I delivered this past Shabbat on religious extremism.
The Courage to Reconcile – A Sermon for Vayigash 5774 (A Tribute to Nelson Mandela)
He is a symbol of hope. Born as a son of a tribal head, he was imprisoned and left to languish. But through the sheer force of hope, through charisma and intelligence and shrewd political manoeuvring, he rose to prominence, he saved his people, and he transformed a nation. It may not be who youContinue reading “The Courage to Reconcile – A Sermon for Vayigash 5774 (A Tribute to Nelson Mandela)”
Don’t Blame “Not Me” – Why the Oil Spill is Our Fault
(A sermon on Chukkat) I love the Sunday comics. My wife laughs at me every week because as soon as the newspaper arrives, the first thing I do is open up to the comics. One comic, which is actually not among my favorites – is Family Circus. It tells about the daily life of aContinue reading “Don’t Blame “Not Me” – Why the Oil Spill is Our Fault”