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Memory and Compassion - Shemini Atzeret / Yizkor 5776

This is a day of memory, a day when we recall those who shaped us, who gave our lives meaning by their presence and wisdom and love. 1,705 more words


Yizkor: Singing While Mourning

As we prepare to recite Yizkor, I want to dedicate this d’var Torah to the memory of the recent victims of terror in Israel.  While there have unfortunately been several victims and several attacks, the murder last week of Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin have hit home.  1,321 more words


SERMON: Water Water Everywhere ... Not Really!

Today I want to take back something I’ve said to you countless times on this day of Shemini Atzeret. So many sermons I delivered on this day began by pointing out that this festival of Shemini Atzeret is very strange. 79 more words


Tapping into "Adam II" on Shemini Atzeret

Over the next several days the various Nobel Prizes will be announced, so I thought it would be worthwhile to refresh our memories of the origins of the Prize. 1,362 more words

Join us on Monday to seal the holiday season

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

On Monday morning at 10am I will lead a service at CBI which will be the formal close, the “seal,” on our holiday season. 260 more words


Lessons From Yizkor

On the day of Shmini Atzeret, Yizkor, the memorial prayer, will be recited.  While it normally is recited on the last day of a Yom Tov, the tradition felt that such a prayer would not comport with the gaiety of Simchat Torah, and it was therefore moved back one day.  261 more words

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SERMON: To Thine Own Selfie Be True

Before we get to this year, let me first give you an update about last year. Last year in my Yom Kippur Yizkor sermon dealing with my 70th birthday, I told you that I had bought a watch which you program with some information about your age and your health, and then the watch tells you the present time … and how much time you have left until you die. 167 more words