My Sermon for Yizkor 5778

This summer my mom gave me the photo album from my bar mitzvah 38 years ago.  Since she moved into an independent living facility, she’s been slowly going through boxes and boxes of stuff that she didn’t have time to go through before she moved.  It was really interesting to look through the old pictures,…

My Sermon for Yom Kippur Morning 5778

You might have heard that I’m not very good at sports.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like watching sports.  Or at least I used to enjoy watching sports.  I loved watching football, although I never really grew attached to one particular team.  I was raised a Mets fan, which meant that I hated…

My Sermon for Kol Nidrei 5778

Good Yontev.  It’s really important to have friends who will call you out on your stuff.  For example, I know that I can always count on Aaron and David to come up to me after a sermon and call me out on my sesquipedalian tendencies.  “Sesquipe- what?”  I can already imagine them asking.  Sesqui, the…

My Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 5778

Good Yontev.  I have never had as hard a time writing sermons for the High Holy Days as I have this year.  But my difficulties weren’t for my normal reason, that writing is easier when you actually have something to say.  Quite the opposite.  Have you ever gone to the cereal aisle in a grocery…

My Sermon Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778

Good Yontev.  If you have ever seen my Facebook postings, it will come as no surprise to you that I love the theater and I go to it a lot.  I love children’s theater.  I love regional theater.  I love experimental theater.  I really love Broadway roadshows.  I love it all.  Even the shows that…

D’var Torah for Ki Tavo

There is an interesting ritual described towards the beginning of this week’s Torah Portion, Ki Tavo. Moses starts off by saying: ‘haskeit ushma Yisrael — be silent and hear, O Israel!’ Normally Moses would just jump in with ‘Shma Yisrael — hear, O Israel!’ But at this point, for the first time, Moses commands silence…

D’var Torah for Parashat Re’eh

I have begun to write Divrei Torah for the Texas Jewish Post and here is the one I wrote for this week. This week’s Torah Portion, Re’eh, has a dramatic beginning that always surprises me: “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse…” Well, if you’re going to put it that way, I…

Happy New Year 5777 (A little early)

I find the metaphors people use for time to be very interesting. Many people use the metaphor of time being a line where you start at one point, continue through time sequentially until you reach the end point. You have the first day of school, you travel through time day by day until you reach…

Holidays, Calendars and Mistakes

As my mistakes go, this wasn’t a particularly large one or one that had significant consequences.  I read the weekly Torah portion off of the wrong calendar and so I had the wrong Torah portion for that particular week.  No, don’t panic, no child’s bar or bat mitzvah portion was affected.  What was affected was…

The Promise of Land

Soon we will celebrate Passover, the remembrance of our going free from slavery in Egypt to freedom and, eventually, the Promised Land.  It must have seemed like such an improbability that we should go free.  We had been living in Egypt for over 400 years and we had been slaves for generations.  You were a slave…

We’re On Our Way!

I was so excited to hear this week that Adat Chaverim has signed a contract to purchase land for our future home!  If you’re not familiar with the land that we’ve chosen, it’s at the corner of Lebanon and Batsford in Frisco, but the major intersection is actually Lebanon and Independence.  It’s only about 4…

Naming My Rookie Mistakes

I mentioned that I’m new to blogging and already I’ve made a couple of rookie mistakes. First, I asked for comments not realizing that the comments were turned off. Oops. Apparently, there are spammers who post ‘comments’ that are really ads. I had no idea this was a thing. The few blogs that I’ve read…