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SERMON: Mother’s Day or Yom Yerushalayim? That is the Question!

Mother's Day or Yom YerushalayimTomorrow is the second Sunday in May, marking it as Mother’s Day. In the Hebrew calendar, tomorrow is the 28th day in the month of Iyar, marking it as Yom Yerushalayim – the 51st anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Mother’s Day is an important day in the American calendar, and Yom Yerushalayim is of importance in the Jewish calendar. So what will American rabbis discuss in their sermons today? For me, the scale was tilted toward Mother’s Day because today I have yahrzeit for my mother who passed away eleven years ago.

Strangely enough, there is something linking my mother’s death to Jerusalem. The last time I spoke to her was from Jerusalem. I was there walking through the Old City and I called my mother and said, “I am coming home tonight. Is there anything you want me to bring you from here?” She said, “Bring me back a coffee mug from the Old City and just come home safely.” We bought the mug, went back to our hotel to pack and then got the call that my mother
had passed away. (Sherry, of course, kept the mug!) READ MORE

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SERMON: Sleeping or Rejoicing; the Choice is Ours

You know that I’m no big fan of Donald Trump. But after what he did in Israel this week, I’ve really had it with him! It’s not anything he said, it was just his being there! Because he came, I was forced to move from my hotel in Jerusalem for security reasons. The Secret Service said it needed the whole hotel. I tried to explain that back here at Beth Tfiloh, I am part of the Secret Service … my attendance at services is a big secret! But they just did not get it! The truth is, it made no difference. My stay in Israel was one of the most glorious I’ve ever had. As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, I got to hear and meet everyone from the prime minister and president of Israel to Michael Oren and Yossi Klein Halevi and more chief rabbis than there are countries in this world! It was all fabulous! But through it all I kept thinking of one person who wasn’t there, who is not alive, but the picture of him is well known in Israeli culture, and it puts into context all that has unfolded before our eyes. Indeed, it sheds light on why we stay up all night on the eve of Shavuot. READ MORE