Sermons

Moses on Management

This week we begin the book of Shemot, or Exodus with the birth and upbringing of Moses. For a character that will occupy such a large place in our collective imagination, scarcely anything is mentioned about who he is, or where he is from. “A Levite man and woman...

It’s All About Perspective

Judaism has many gifts to offer the world. The Sabbath, the Psalms, centuries of musical legacy, and of course, bagels.  But our most important contribution is a concept called, “machloket l’shem shamayim.” The phrase comes from the ancient rabbinic literature....

Yizkor Sermon

Sinai and Grief: We wander in the desert together In psychiatrist Elisabeth Kulber-Ross’s book “On Death and Dying,” she identifies five stages of grief that people experience after the loss of a loved one.  While every person grieves in their own way, there are...

Yom Kippur Sermon

Avinu Malkeinu in 5782 As you hear the beautiful notes that Cantor Marer just sang, what comes to mind? Is it hearing the Avinu Malkeinu a specific location? Was it a particular High Holy Days when this prayer was especially meaningful to you? Was it who was sitting...

Yom Kippur Sermon

Finding Tears of Strength Almost two years ago we gathered together at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church to support one another in the aftermath of a terrible attack on a church in Sri Lanka.  The interfaith community had been so kind and responsive to all of us...

Rosh Hashanah sermon

A New Look At Old Commandments I remember the discomfort I first felt, when I was told there was a stained glass window of Moses holding the Ten Commandments in our building.  These days it is somewhat out of the way, hidden from direct view, but long-time IHC’ers...

Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon

A Most Difficult Year There are two great bodies of water in the holy land of Israel.  They could not appear to be more different, and yet they are both nourished by the very same Jordan river.  When visiting the North of Israel, no trip is complete without visiting...

Rabbi Krichiver’s Yom Kippur Sermon: Grace

In one of the most well-known Talmud stories, a man comes to the famous sage Shammai to ask if he might convert.  The man says, “If you can teach me the entire Torah while standing on one foot, I will convert.”  Shammai proceeds to beat the man with a stick. What is...

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