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Archive: September 2018

Posted on September 11, 2018

Rosh HaShanah – “Our Collective Future”

I am happy to share my sermons with you from the Holidays.  We are also including the links to the streamed video from the sermons as well.  My only request is your understanding that I rarely give the exact version of what is written on the pages in front of me in live time in Continue Reading »

Posted on September 10, 2018

Rosh HaShanah – “The Importance of the Journey”

I am happy to share my sermons with you from the Holidays.  We are also including the links to the streamed video from the sermons as well.  My only request is your understanding that I rarely give the exact version of what is written on the pages in front of me in live time in Continue Reading »

Posted on September 10, 2018

Rosh Hashanah – The Death of the Phone Call and the Birth of Humanity

The phone call died in the fall of 2007. That was the first time in history that the number of average monthly texts sent on a mobile phone exceeded that of phone calls received. The very first phone call, on March 10, 1876, was about the same thing that the last phone call will be Continue Reading »

Posted on May 29, 2018

Shavuot Yizkor – Remnants of Love

In the early 1980s, Norte Dame sociologist Eugene Halton did a survey of 80-plus middle- and lower-class families in the Chicago area, painstakingly detailing the objects in their living rooms, and then asking a basic question: “What are your most special possessions?” The rich and poor homes had obvious differences in what they owned, reflective Continue Reading »

Posted on May 6, 2018

In Honor of Teachers

Shabbat Shalom If you are a teacher, whether you are a classroom teacher, or a mentor or a tutor, or a coach, or a rabbi, whether you are currently teaching or retired , whether you are full-time or part-time, even if you are teaching only one course a year at Stevenson University in forensic accounting, Continue Reading »

Posted on April 10, 2018

Mitzvot Will Elevate You

It is the basic liturgical formula, which many of us know well,  Barukh atah Adoshem  Elokeinu Melekh HaOlam, asher kideshanu b’mitzvotov … 9 words The Silverman Prayer Book, which many of us grew up with, offers this translation-                                    Continue Reading »

Posted on January 15, 2018

The Larger Part of Our Dignity

Near the beginning of the Passover Seder we engage in the ritual of Yachatz when we break the middle matzah. It is the fourth step of the Seder and unlike the majority of other Seder rituals, it is not accompanied by words. The only sound we hear is the breaking of the matzah. It is Continue Reading »

Posted on January 10, 2018

Who is your brother? Who is your sister?

We at Chizuk Amuno, like the vast majority of Conservative congregations, are on the triennial cycle. That means that we read only one-third of each Torah portion each year, and this year we are reading the middle section of each parasha. So, what happens if the lesson that the rabbi wants to teach is in Continue Reading »

Posted on October 31, 2017

HAVE I GOT THREE STORIES FOR YOU!

When I began to consider what I would talk about this morning, I first looked at the Torah portion, Lekh Lekha, in which God tells Avram “to leave your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.” For Avram to obey God’s command took emunah, faith.  No Continue Reading »

Posted on October 2, 2017

What We Hide – Yom Kippur 5778

We all have parts of our past and ourselves that are difficult to embrace, or that we would like to hide and forget. Those things that seem shameful to us. In a society in which oversharing is the norm, it is perhaps ironic, certainly saddening, that so many of us feel the need to hide Continue Reading »