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”

Books, Bullies, Beit Shemesh: A Sermon for Parashat Bo

My two older sons recently did something very strange and surprising: they started reading a lot! The reason is that they found a book – or actually a series of books – that they really like. It’s called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It’s a fictional, first-person account of something most of us would ratherContinue reading “Books, Bullies, Beit Shemesh: A Sermon for Parashat Bo”

We Can’t Change the Past (A Sermon for Yom Kippur 5772)

A great scholar once taught that: The future hasn’t been written yet. The future is whatever you make it. Those are wise words, especially for Yom Kippur, as we sit and ponder the coming year, ponder the future. But I’ll bet you’ll never guess who it was that said those wise words. It wasn’t aContinue reading “We Can’t Change the Past (A Sermon for Yom Kippur 5772)”