High Holy Day Sermons
Sermons delivered at Congregation Bet Haverim during the High Holy Days.
Love Letter to My Congregation: A Legacy Letter of Appreciation and Blessing for A Lifetime of Learning, Love and Living Jewishly! An old joke, from before even I was a rabbi, goes like this: A congregant approaches his rabbi with a dilemma. “Rabbi,” he says, “I have a big problem. You know I’m a […]
A brand new word—to most of us outside the gymnastics’ arena, anyway—was introduced into the broader human lexicon this summer at the Olympics. We came to know this new word—“twisties”—through the devastating experience of four-time gold medalist in gymnastics, Simone Biles. The “twisties” caused her to drop out of some of the most prominent gymnastic […]
May Our Glory Shine Together Video of Rabbi David Aladjem’s Yom Kippur Sermon https://youtu.be/RZuJYh-Ys1o Holy Friends: G’mar chatima tova – may each of you, all of our friends and family, and all the world be sealed in the Book of Life for a good and sweet year. I. On Rosh Hashanah, I talked about […]
Lessons Squeezed From Lemons: What Life Can Teach Us in Challenging Times Rabbi Greg Wolfe’s Yom Kippur Sermon https://youtu.be/mou1_sGSw_w A beautiful lemon tree stands in our yard. Quiet and unassuming, this little tree produces more lemons that we could ever use, or even give away. The great irony, however, is that our lemons ripen in […]
The Shofar’s Cries to Arise: Breaking Our Hearts on the Way to Wholeness Rabbi Greg Wolfe’s Rosh Hashannah Sermon https://youtu.be/8Hel-cyi20Y Even in today’s modern world, fires can ravage entire communities, well we know, leaving lives uprooted in the wake of terrible destruction. So you can only imagine, long ago and far away, in the days […]
Sermon for Rosh HaShanah – 5781/2020, Teshuvah and the Small Still Voice Rabbi David Aladjem’s Rosh Hashannah Sermon https://youtu.be/WACBIWSjEtU Holy Friends: Shanah tova u’mitukah – may this be a good and sweet new year for us and for all the world! I. To state the obvious, when we gathered together last year at this […]