My Yom Kippur Yizkor Sermonette 2018

Some would say, using the phrase, that it’s been 28 years since I lost my father.  I cannot seem to connect to that phrase.  “I have lost my father”.  I never lost my father.  I didn’t misplace him.  I cannot go to the lost and found to see if someone has turned him in for…

My Yom Kippur Morning Sermon 2018

Good yontev.  I heard about this phenomenon a few years ago and I thought it was curious.  There was this group of people who got together to hear inspiring stories, sing songs together, comfort each other when life is hard, celebrate with each other when life is good, and try to make the world a…

My Kol Nidrei Sermon 2018

Shana tova.  The first time The State of Israel entered into my consciousness was 45 years ago.  It was 1973 and I was almost 8 years old when Israel was invaded in a surprise attack.  What I remember of it was that it was very frightening because we didn’t know if Israel would survive.  It…

My Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 2018

Hi… How’s it going?  After last night, I’m really glad that you showed up to listen to me again this morning.  It shows fortitude on your parts.  Kol hakod!  I hope you have additional endurance this morning after a good night’s sleep because I would like to extend what I spoke about last night. Hillel…

My Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon 2018

Hi. … How’s it going?… Happy New Year! … Yeah, that’s all I got.  I mean, if I say any more, I’m sure I’m going to offend someone and that’s probably not a great way to start the new year by offending people.  Oh, my God!  I probably already did offend someone.  I mean, that…

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…