High Holy Day Sermons
Sermons delivered at Congregation Bet Haverim during the High Holy Days.
From Regret to Great: Using our Mistakes to Grow into Who We Are Becoming The sages of our tradition have been quick to note the subtle and mystical parallels that connect the joyous holiday of Purim and the most serious day of the Jewish year, Yom HaKippurim, translating Yom HaKippurim as “the day that is like Purim“, […]
Lessons for Life from the Heart of Hashpa’ah – Rabbi Greg Wolfe If you have ever tried it, you will know that it’s a lot harder than you would think. After all, we breathe all the time. (And some of us have been breathing for a lot longer than others!) It seems so easy, but […]
The Mort, Max! I Speak for the Jews… At the far end of town where gefilte fish hum And the shpielers go shpieling juiced up on sweet rum There was a young boy, Maxeleh Max was his name Who, after this tale, was just never the same. For you see he learned lessons that […]
The Story of Our Lives, The Torah of Our Lives Whenever the Jews were threatened with disaster, the Baal Shem Tov would go to a certain place in the forest, light a fire, and say a special prayer. Always a miracle would occur, and the disaster would be averted. In the later times when disaster […]
The Torah: Passport to Our Future The “Day of Remembering”–Yom HaZikaron–one of the names of Rosh HaShanah, feels particularly apt this year as we approach our 50th anniversary as a congregation this November. This is a momentous occasion for us to travel back in time, recalling and celebrating our achievements. We have certainly come a long […]