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Archive of Past Sermons

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Sometimes a sermon is so powerful that we may want to refer back to it in the future. Or perhaps you missed a service that you heard was particularly interesting and want to read the sermon yourself! We hope you find this archive of past sermons to be useful.

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2018/2019 General Sermons

November 9th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

What to do about Anti-Semitism (PDF): Building positive identity as Americans—an identity that comes from a sense of shared mission and values, and not from denigrating others—will help overcome prejudice of many types.

October 19th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

The Generation of the Candles (PDF): This year Yitzchak Rabin’s yahrzeit will have a special poignancy for me as I think of those who were teenagers back in 1995 and whose hopes for peace were dashed in such an abrupt and brutal way. As they lit candles to light the way forward, so may we with our own lives be a light that shows a path to a better and more peaceful world.

October 13th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (PDF): Today the rainbow is a very positive symbol. We think of “somewhere over the rainbow” as being a place of peace and harmony. It was a cantor’s son, Harold Arlen, born Hyman Arlick, who in 1939, as the clouds of war were gathering over Europe, wrote the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” thus winning the Academy Award that year for best song.

October 12th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

What's Religion Good For? (PDF): Many people have commented to me that the customs associated with Jewish mourning—shivah, Kaddish, and having people gather—fill very real human needs during a time of
intense grief and emotional need. Religious experiences enhance our connections and train us in empathy and compassion.

October 6th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

How We Fall Into Sin (PDF): Rabbi Kushner says that we often think about love the way we think about food on a buffet table. If we see someone else taking more, then we fear that there won’t be enough for us. Instead, he urges us to think about love as a muscle: the more we practice at being loving, the more love there is.

High Holy Days 2018 Sermons 

2017/2018 General Sermons

August 25th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

Who is Responsible? (PDF): We cannot use the behavior of others as an excuse for our own behavior. No one makes us so angry that we can’t help but lash out. Likewise, we are not compelled to obey when others tell us to do something wrong.

August 24th, 2018, by Rabbi Schwartz

What if? (PDF): We can fight stigma by acknowledging that we see a therapist. People say they have an appointment with their primary care doctor and feel no fear of being judged. Why don’t we feel the same lack of fear when it comes to mental health professionals? We can fight stigma by not having stigma for ourselves—by not hiding from this world in shame, but by being proud of who we are, warts and all.

August 17th, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

Righteousness We Shall Pursue (PDF): When we recite the words of the Un’taneh Tokef, reading the words, “U’teshuvah, u’tefillah, u’tzedakah ma’avirin ro’ah ha-gezerah,” tzedakah may not refer simply to charitable giving, but it may suggest that we give to ourselves that which we are instructed to give to others: fair judgment.

August 3rd, 2018, by Rabbi Aron

Shame Then And Now (PDF): Being known for acting with mercy and bestowing kindness are definitely badges we wear with pride. But perhaps being able to experience shame is also a credit to our communal character.

High Holy Days 2017 Sermons

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779