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SERMON: Michael Cohen and Mt. Sinai, God and Gold

There are many Jews around the world who stayed up Saturday night symbolically awaiting the arrival of the giving of the Torah. But there are two Jews who I suspect had difficulty sleeping Saturday night, and not because of anything that has to do with Shavuot, but because they are, what we call in French, “oif gut gehoctah tsores.” They have a lot of things to worry about these days. 89 more words

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Everyone Has a Story - Shavuot Day 2 / Yizkor, 5778

Shavuot is kind of a funny festival. It’s one of the least well-known, mostly because it usually falls after Hebrew schools have concluded for the year. 1,401 more words

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SERMON: Dayenu, Jared Kushner... and Us

It’s one of the most popular Hebrew songs, it’s one of the best known Hebrew words. It’s one word that takes five English words to translate. 60 more words

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May (S/He) Remember - 8th Day Pesah 5778 / Yizkor

In last week’s New York Times, there was a column by Nicholas Kristof about clergy in America (“The Rise of God’s Spokeswomen,” Sunday Review… 1,593 more words

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Shabbat and Pesakh and more, oh my!

Hag sameakh! Today and tomorrow are hagim, holy days that end our Pesakh Festival. Jewish offices are closed today and tomorrow, and Passover ends tomorrow evening at sundown with the end of Shabbat. 362 more words

SERMON: What to Save When It’s “Gone With the Wind” ... and the Rain

This holiday of Shemini Atzeret is marked by just one special prayer. All the other prayers we recite are recited on every holiday. What makes Shemini Atzeret unique is the one prayer we recite during Musaf: the prayer for geshem – the prayer for rain. 76 more words

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SERMON: Remembering What to Forget

In these moments before Yizkor, when we are called upon to remember, let me see how good your memory is. Over the years I’ve told you some humorous stories to start this sermon. 14 more words

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