Shabbat Sermons

 

2020

1/3/2020 – A Jewish Journey in Spain
1/17/2020 – What Kind of Jewish Names Are Shifrah and Puah
1/31/2020 – Our Votes Count in Israel
2/14/2020 – Hiding Our Jewish Identity
3/7/2020 – King Achashverosh What We Should Remember
3/14/2020 – Bitachon: Trusting God during a Pandemic
3/20/2020 – Israel’s Response to Coronavirus, and Ours
3/27/2020 – Sacrifice
4/3/2020 – The World as It Is
4/10/2020 – How Long? How Long, O God?
4/17/2020 – Justice, Justice: Even During a Pandemic
4/24/2020 – Feeling Guilty during the Pandemic
5/1/2020 – Prison Inmates: Among the “Neighbors” We are Commanded to “Love,” Especially Now
5/8/2020 – The Jewish Priority of Saving a Life
5/15/2020 – Enduring Disappointment
5/29/2020 – Face Masks: Liberty or Duty?

2019

1/4/19 – Plagues in Ancient Egypt and in Contemporary America
1/18/19 – Let My People Go
1/25/19 – Thou Shalt Not Covet
2/1/19 – The Foundation of Our Laws
2/15/19 – Government Shutdown
2/22/19 – Celebrating Washingtons Birthday Founders Matter
3/8/19 – Desecration of God’s Name at Judaism’s Holiest Site
3-15-19 – Dual Loyalty
3-22-19 – Connecting Ritual and Ethical Mitzvot
4/12/19 – Evil Speech
4/26/19 – The Holiest Day of the Year
5/10/19 – Teaching the Heart What It Already Knows
5/17/19 – How Should We Translate Pirkei Avot
7/26/19 – Inspiration from Israel
8/2/19 – Reform Judaism in Israel
8/16/19 – Holocaust Analogies
8/30/19 – Jerusalem Blessing and Challenge
9/6/19 – The Death Penalty and the Torah in 2019
9/13/19 – Lincolns Lessons as the High Holy Days Approach
9/20/19 – The Immigrants Gratitude
10/4/19 – The Beauty of a Southern Jewish Heritage
10/11/19 – Reparations A Jewish Perspective
10/26/19 – Hospitality Comes with Challenges
11/1/19 – God Prefers Diversity
11/22/19 – The Legality of West Bank Settlements

2018

1/5/18 – Parenting through Challenges and Triumphs
1/12/18 – Plagues in Ancient Egypt and in Contemporary America
2/9/18 – Celebrating Lincolns Birthday: Law and Liberation
2/23/18 – Blot Out the Memory of Parkland
3/16/18 – Pre-Passover Purification
4/27/18 – What We Leave for the Poor
6/15/18 – How Would Miriam Have Responded to Korach Rebellion?
6/22/18 – Pfeifers of Arkansas A Presidential Legacy
7/5/19 – What Adults Can Learn from Jacobs Camp
7/20/18 –What Deuteronomy Teaches Us about Memory
7/27/18 – Thou Shalt Be a Mensch
8/10/18 – Reform Judaism Founded in the Torah
8/17/18 – Justice Justice Threats to Democracy in Israel and Arkansas
8/24/18 – Wickedness Done Right
8/31/18 – Environmentalism in Israel 2018
9/7/18 – Morality Begins at Home Obvious but Difficult
9/14/18 – The Fast of Gedaliah
9/21/18 – The Blessing of a Smile
10/5/18 – Nothing Works the First Time
11/16/18 – Knowing God
11/23/18 – Going Home
12/31/18 – Death Teaches Us about Life

2017

1/6/17 – The Founder of Judaism
1/13/17 – Jacob’s and Joseph’s Jewish Funerals
1/20/17 –  Salvation’s Source May Be a Surprise
2/17/17 –  Appointing Judges
3/5/17 –  Honest Together Stronger Together
3/31/17 –  Are We Sinners?
4/14/17 –  Syrian Refugees: Hearing the Cry for Freedom at Passover
4/17/17 –  Today’s Golden Calf
5/5/17 –  Honor Thy Mother and Thy Father
5/19/17 –   Environmental Justice
6/23/17 –  Loyal and Disloyal Opposition
6/30/17 –  Living by Separate Laws
7/14/17 –  Summer Study in Jerusalem: A Jet Lagged Report
7/21/17 –  Life Is A Journey
8/25/17 –  Catch 67: Can Justice Be Incremental?
9/1/17 –  Learning from Torah’s Worst Passage
9/8/17 –  Zionism and Tikkun Olam: Risking Idolatry
9/15/17 –  Those Not Standing Here This Day
9/22/17 –  Joy Doesn’t Come Easily
10/13/17 –  What We Can Learn from the Creation Story
10/27/17 –  Why Circumcision?
11/3/17 –  Welcoming the Stranger: America’s Responsibility to Immigrants
11/10/17 –  What Makes a Place Holy?
12/15/17 –  Bearing Chanukah Light in a Dark Time
12/29/17 –  Judaism’s Original Funeral Ritual

2016

1/15/16 –  Two Leap Years at Once
1/22/16 –  Miriam, Deborah, and the Glass Ceiling
2/5/16 –  Slavery in 2016
2/12/16 – Gold Inside and Out
3/11/16 –  Rabbi Report from IsraelGold Inside and Out
3/18/16 –  BDS: We Must Remember and Never Forget!
4/8/16 –  Equanimity and Election Year
8/26/16 –  The Merit of Our Ancestors
8/30/16 –  Expecting a Miracle
8/5/16 –  Faith in a Summer of Hatred and Murder
9/2/16 – Jews and the American Labor Movement
4/11/14 –  Did the Exodus Really Happen? Does it Matter?
4/29/16 –  Keeping Pace with the Whole Community of Israel
7/8/16 –  Marriage in Israel 2016 Style
9/9/16 –   One Is Silver and the Others Gold: Precious Gifts of Mishkan HaNefesh
9/23/16 –  Report from our Congregational Mission in Israel
11/11/16 –  After the Election
11/18/16 –  Angels in Judaism
11/25/16 – Remembering Shimon Peres
12/2/16 – When the End Justifies the Means
12/30/16 –  The Real Miracle of Chanukah

2015

1/2/15 –  Visiting Israel in Difficult Times
1/16/15 –  Facing Terror and Anti-Semitism in Europe. Again.
2/6/15 –  Jethro and the Ten Commandments
2/13/15 –   Personhood of the Fetus
2/20/15 –  Time or Money
3/6/15 –  Lessons of the Broken Tablets
3/13/15 –  Rebuilding the Jerusalem Temple
3/20/15 –  Responding to Israel Elections Without Anxiety
3/27/15 –  How a Reform Jew Violates Passover
5/1/15 – Benefits of Hebrew Literacy
5/8/15 –  Who May Lead God’s Holy Congregation?
6/12/15 –   When Honesty Isn’t the Best Policy
7/3/15 –  How Goodly ARE Thy Tents, O America?
7/10/15 –   Zionism Outside Israel
7/31/15 –  The Capitol Grounds
8/14/15 – Identifying a False Prophet
8/28/15 –  Torah Is Not As Bad As It Seems
9/4/15 –  AntiZionism in Early American Reform Judaism
9/8/15 –  The Laws of Repentance
9/11/15 –  Carrying the Torah to the People
9/25/15 – Counting Our Harvest
10/17/15 –  Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die: The Limits Of God’s Power
10/23/15 – Why Does God Choose Abraham
11/6/15 – Who Owns the Land of Israel
11/15/19 – Sarah Hagar Isaac Ishmael
12/18/15 – It’s God’s Will
12/25/15 –  Pagan Symbols Sacred Meaning

2014

1/17/14 –  Not All Jewish Heroes are Jewish
2/14/14 –  Love and Forgiveness
2/21/14 –  New Reform Perspectives on Jewish Dietary Laws
2/28/14 – The Boring Parts of the Torah
3/14/14 –  Purim Paradoxes
5/2/14 –  Anti-Semitism in 2014
5/15/14 –  The Difference a Prayer Book Makes
5/30/14 –  Many Ways to Serve One God
6/13/14 –  Optimism in the Face of Real Obstacles
7/4/14 –  America and the Jewish People
7/11/14 –  Extremism in Judaism
8/8/14 –  Why Does the Shema Keep Changing?
8/22/14 –  The Center of Judaism
8/25/14 –  Women Equality in Torah: Justice Delayed
8/29/14 –  Justice, Justice – Prison Crisis
9/5/14 –  Why So Much Change at a Historic Reform Temple
9/19/14 –  Lshanah Tovah – But Will It Be Happy?
9/26/14 –  Apologizing and Forgiving
10/24/14 – The Promise of the Rainbow
11/14/14 – Should We Be Afraid?
11/21/14 –  Terror in a Jerusalem Synagogue
12/12/14 –  Say Little and Do Much

2013

7/5/13 – What will the new Rabbi change?
7/12/13 – Hope in the Face of Hardship
7/26/13 –  Are Miracles Real?
8/2/13 –  The Most Important Jew Who Ever Lived
8/9/13 –  Guilty Beyond Doubt: The Torah’s Standard
8/16/13 –  What We Owe Our Fellow Animals
8/23/13 – Blessings and Curses: Rejected Theology?
8/30/13 –  The Blessing of Conversion
9/6/13 – Priest, Prophet or Pastor: The Rabbi on the High Holy Days
10/4/13 –  Why Did Reform Judaism Change?
10/18/13 –  The Continuing Blessings of Classical Reform Judaism
11/8/13 – What is the Bar Mitzvah Revolution?
11/15/13 – Why Is Chanukah so ‘Early’ and Passover so ‘Late’ this Year?
12/20/13 – A Jewish View of Jesus

 

Rosh Hashana Sermons

 

2013

A Pigeon Must Love Her Home
Sacrifice is Binding

2014

Israel Today
The Isle of Dung

2015

Every Single Sheep
For the Sake of Heaven

2016

A Day Pregnant With Possibility
Ishmael Hates Isaac; Or Does He?

2017

If Ever We Needed a Day of Remembrance
The Sources of Our Comfort

2018

King David The Cost of the Kings Private Sins
Thriving on Our Raft Together

2019

The Law Is According to Hillel
The Trouble with Celebrating the Civil Rights Movement

 

Yom Kippur Sermons

 

2013

Life After Death
Reproach Your Neighbor as Yourself
The Avinu Malkeinu Paradox

2014

Going Home Again
Jewish Ethics for Everyday Living
Together for the Holidays: You, Me, Us, and God

2015

America’s Original Sin
Solemnity and Joy on Yom Kippur

2016

What’s Next?
Who Are Our Kids?
The Evil Inclination for Good and Ill

2017

Being a Jew and Living Jewishly: Rising to Two Challenges
Divine Equilibrium
First Buy the Tissues

2018

Sin Deal with It
Deaths Heroes
Thou Shalt Change Thou Shalt Not Change

2019

Jewish Power and Powerlessness
Do You Still Feel Me Hugging You
Jonah Not Noah Yom Kippur Prophet