Sermons

Rabbi Krichiver’s Behar Sermon 2024

Judaism concerns itself with the ethics of everyday actions, even those seemingly harmless. Familiar with the laws around bearing false witness and lying – and we are well acquainted with the consequences of those acts – when we cannot rely on one another’s testimony,...

Yizkor: The Last Cup of Coffee

The Last Cup of Coffee Picture with me coffee shop in a small back alley.  At first glance, it seems like any other coffee shop.  It is filled with all the usual things: tables and chairs, drinks and pastries, employees, customers etc.  In this particular shop, there...

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Be the Goldfish

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Be the Goldfish We have arrived, once again, at this sacred space, in search of inspiration for the coming year.  We want to be inspired, we want to feel moved.  Our world has travelled forward another year, and there are many reasons to feel...

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5783

Picture a barren landscape strewn with garbage with only a single skeleton of an old tree.  Two men explore, debate and comfort one another as they wait for… something.  This is the world of the playwright Samuel Beckett, and the two men are “Waiting for Godot,” a...

Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon 5783

In 2001, the National Jewish Population Survey clearly identified 93% of American Jews as “religious” – meaning that the vast majority of those who self-identified as Jews some twenty years ago also identified with a congregation, or a movement, or a denomination.  In...

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