Israel: All Alone, Again

Rosh Hashana September 18, 2001 I spoke yesterday about the tragedy that befell our nation last week, introducing my sermon by commenting on how the sound of the shofar parallels and evokes the sound of the sirens which have become all too commonplace, first in Israel, and now in America.   And again, today, as I …

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“The Blessing of a Funeral”

Erev Rosh Hashana September 17, 2002 How interesting and ironic – that words which were prepared prior to the tragic events of the last few days seem to be almost prescient.   In an article I wrote for the Potomac Almanac, which appeared in this week’s paper, I commented:   “It has been a difficult …

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Jews as Survivors: The Meaning of Historical Memory

Yom Kippur October 9, 2000   On Rosh Hashana I made passing reference to the surprising popularity of a reality-based television show about people stranded on a desert island, called “Survivor.” In the spirit of this holiday, I must confess and offer a disclosure at the outset: I did not watch a single episode, not …

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Israel: The Threat to Her Existence

Kol Nidre October 8, 2000   My friends, I have a heavy heart tonight, as I am sure, many of you do as well.   We join our fellow Jews around the world this evening, in prayer.   But we also join with a sense of anxiety, concern and anguish over recent events in the Middle …

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Tzedekah: A Way of Life

Rosh Hashana October 1, 2000   I feel this morning a little like the man who came home from church one Sunday, and whose wife inquired, “What did the minister speak about?” He responded with a one word answer, “Sin.”  She probed further and asked, “And what did the preacher say about it.”  Her husband …

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What Lieberman’s Nomination Means

Rosh Hashana September 30, 2000   I want to let you in on a secret. Every so often, at this time of year, I am tempted to give the same sermons I gave last year on the High Holidays.  After all, television networks get away with it – they call it reruns.  Motion picture companies …

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