SERMON: Millennials Reach for the Stars

November 11, 2019 Leave a comment

What is a millennial?  You hear so much about millennials, but who are they?  I looked it up in Wikipedia, and this is what I found: “Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the demographic cohort following Generation X, and preceding Generation Z.”  That’s what it says – and who am I to question Wikipedia?  But, it does go on to tell us that millennials, generally speaking, were born sometime between the early 1980s to the early 2000s.  So, I know how old they are, but what are they – and what makes them unique?   READ MORE

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SERMON: What Makes a Human Being Human?

October 28, 2019 Leave a comment

Today we began once again, at the beginning – the story of the creation of humanity.  In fact, I shouldn’t say “the story,” but two stories!  Down through the ages there are two stories that have been told on how God created man.  I’ll leave it to you to decide which one sounds more reasonable. READ MORE

SERMON: Crowd Control

October 23, 2019 Leave a comment

So much has happened since Donald Trump became president.  Whether you voted for him or not, much of what has happened should have been expected considering how his presidency started.  Do you remember the first issue he presented to the American people?  It was right on the day he was inaugurated, when Trump claimed, contrary to visible evidence, that he had a larger crowd at his inauguration than Barack Obama did.  Now, I am asking you: Should it really make a difference one way or the other?  And I’m telling you: According to Jewish tradition, it does make a difference!  In ancient times we were keenly aware of this every seven years during the festival of Sukkot.  READ MORE

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SERMON: Saving Gerald Gordon

October 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Let me first give you the facts!  It took place on May 28, I was in Israel attending the meeting of the Board of Governors of Bar Ilan University.  At the time I was in Jerusalem, and that afternoon went to the Kotel – the Western Wall.  Whenever I know I’m going to the Wall I take along a list of the names of people at Beth Tfiloh who are ill and I recite a prayer for them.  One of the people I knew who was quite ill at that time was Gerald Gordon, a deeply beloved member of our congregation.  While reciting the prayer, I said to myself: You know what?  I am going to call him and see how he is doing.  READ MORE

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SERMON: Behold the Day of Judgement High Holiday Liturgy

October 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Hinei yom hadin … “Behold, the Day of Judgment has arrived.”  But as we prepare for God to judge us, tonight I want to do something a bit different.  I want to see how we judge each other.  I want to give some thought tonight on how you see me … and how we see one another. READ MORE

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SERMON: Grow Old Along With Me…Robert Browning

October 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Reciting Yizkor always reminds us that “time marches on.”  But when you reach my age, you don’t need Yizkor to remind you of that!  You realize it almost every day in ways you never would have thought of.  Seemingly overnight, when you meet with friends, you no longer discuss how many stocks you own.  You talk about how many pills you take.  Dinner reservations become secondary to doctor’s appointments.  Rather than seeing friends at 11 Slade, you are going to see them at LevinsonsREAD MORE

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SERMON: “The Times They are a-Changing” – Bob Dylan

October 2, 2019 Leave a comment

The Times They are a-Changin'

Welcome to the start of a new year.  Every New Year is special, but this one is extra special for me because in a month I will be turning 75!  I Googled that number seeking to find something good about turning 75, and the best I could come up with was from TSA – the Transportation Security Administration – which says that at 75 I am no longer a likely terrorist, so now when I fly I will be able to keep my shoes and jacket on.  That’s one thing I have to look forward to when I turn 75!  But there is more! READ MORE