What responsibility do we share?

What I love about our crowd-sourced sermons is that it doesn’t matter what I wanted to write about or say in relation to the text I presented, what interested you about this week’s question is now what I have to write about. This situation actually sums up pretty well a...

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Crowd Sourced Sermon Topic for July 31st

“Better a piece of dry bread and tranquility with it, than a house full of feasting with strife.” (Proverbs 17:1) “If your wife is short, bend over to hear her whisper.” (Talmud, Bava M’tzia 59a) – Mishkan HaNefesh, Yom Kippur, pg. 402-403 These texts speak about the Jewish concept of...

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Crowd Sourcing Sermon Topic for July 24

“Why do we confess to wrongs we have not personally committed? The 16th-century mystic Rabbi Isaac Luria teaches that the people of Israel may be likened to a body of which every Jew is a living part. The vitality of the whole depends upon the health of every organ and...

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Crowd Sourcing Sermon for July 19

“I want to make a confession, to give an accounting to myself, and to God.  In other words, to measure my life and actions against the lofty ideals I’ve set for myself.  To compare that which should have been with that which was… ” – Hana Senesh (1921-1944), diary entry...

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Crowd Sourcing Sermon Topic for July 10

From what person or event in Jewish history or in Jewish text tradition do you draw inspiration? From the new Yom Kippur Prayerbook (p 198) In the depths of the night, by the edge of the river, Jacob was left alone. In heartfelt longing, in the temple of God, Channah...

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Crowd Sourcing Sermon for Friday, July 3

Freedom: Breaking the Bonds: In honor of the 4th of July, we celebrate the birth of our nation when we broke the bonds of tyranny and dedicated ourselves to freedom. During the High Holy Days we ask, “What bonds do you hope to break in your life today?” We will...

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“Encountering the New High Holy Day Prayerbook”

Crowdsourcing Sermons: Contribute your Thoughts by Rabbi Jill Maderer For this summer’s sermons from July 3 through August 28, we’d like to incorporate your perspectives. The clergy will pose a question regarding the readings and interpretations in our new High Holy Day prayerbook, Mishkan Hanafesh at the beginning of each...

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Parashat B’midbar – Being Counted

There’s an old expression from the great city of Chicago – vote early and vote often.   The first part of the saying is good advice.  We actually have a similar idea in Judaism.  We should be so excited to do a mitzvah that we do it first thing – early...

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Living Outside the Camp in Israel

I have an embarrassing secret.  I love BuzzFeed.  For those that don’t know, BuzzFeed is the website that brings us amazing articles like, “17 Nail Art Designs Perfect For Earth Day,” “Are You More Like Woody Or Buzz Lightyear?” and “15 Texts You Send To Your Mom Vs. Your Best...

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