Tag Archives: sermon

The Quantified Life – Yom Kippur 5775

Little Emily waits at the bus stop for her first day of 3rd Grade. She’s excited – to reunite with her friends, share some summer stories, and get to know her new teachers – but there is little unfamiliar about … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recipe for a Renaissance – Kol Nidrei 5774

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Internal Israel War – Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5775

            There is no way to sugarcoat it: this was an extremely long and brutal summer for the State of Israel. After three young Israeli boys were kidnapped by terrorists linked to Hamas and then … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Purpose-Driven Conservative Movement

A few days ago, I returned from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)’s centennial celebration, entitled the “Conversation of the Century.” I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the USCJ leadership and for the convention’s organizers, … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Vision From The Mountain – Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5774

Growing up in Georgia, one of my favorite excursions was climbing Stone Mountain, a large granite formation about twenty miles from Atlanta. It’s not too big or hard to climb, but on a clear day, its summit yields stunning vistas: … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

About This Whole Miley Cyrus Business

A confession: I am not a big Miley Cyrus fan. Sure, “The Climb” is a good song, and “Party in the USA” is pretty infectious, but as an adult male who doesn’t have cable and whose daughter is too young … Continue reading

Posted in Articles and Op-Eds, Reflections, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Power of Love – Rosh Ha-Shanah 2012

As most of you know, last month, Adira and I welcomed our first child into the world. In place of a sermon this morning, I wanted to invite you to listen in on a letter I wrote to my daughter. … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Doubt and Certainty – Parashat Naso 2012

The Torah teaches that our great, great, great grandfather, Levi, had three sons.  Their names were Gershon, Kehat, and Merari.  All three sons, along with their children and grandchildren, ended up going into the family business: Being the caretakers of … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Observant Life: Parashat Emor 2012

As many of you know, over the past week I had the great privilege and joy of attending the annual Rabbinical Assembly convention, which this year was held in Atlanta.  The Rabbinical Assembly, or the “RA” as it is known … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflections on a Pilgrimage to Whitwell – Parashat Shemini/Yom Ha-Shoah 2012

This past Sunday and Monday, I accompanied a group of our teens and parents to Whitwell, Tennessee.  It was a pilgrimage, of sorts, to visit the Whitwell Middle School Children’s Holocaust Memorial, the culmination of what has become known worldwide … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment