Dec30

Shabbat to Shabbat: Savoring the Small Moments

Written by // Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg Categories D'var Torah

One of the great parts of being a rabbi during Chanukah is that I get to not only tell the story but I get to hear stories of how other people have observed the festive holiday. And this year was no exception! One of the seniors who attends our regular Melton class on Tuesday mornings recalled one special night growing up when he and his father walked home from the downtown toy store on the eve of Chanukah with a toy truck. His cherished memory wasn’t the material gift as much as it as the silent walk under the stars, with the fresh snow crunching under their feet. “We didn’t exchange a word, we were in such awe of the silence, the nearly moonless night and the brilliant star-filled sky.”

Dec23

From Shabbat to Shabbat: I Have Enough

Written by // Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg Categories D'var Torah

This week concludes the season during which we have been deluged with advertising pitches designed to make us want more, better, different than we already have. 

Our spiritual tradition provides wisdom on the subject. In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob is an elderly man who is on his deathbed. According to rabbinic legend, he gathers his sons to his side. Each of the sons brings Jacob a gift, and with each gift he accepts it into his hands and utters, “It is not enough.” Finally, after all of the sons has given him a gift, he asks one question. 

Dec17

From Shabbat to Shabbat: We are all Children of Freedom

Written by // Beth Schafer Categories D'var Torah

On September 12, 2001, every Rabbi threw out his/her Rosh Hashanah sermon and began writing the sermon that would address and comfort their congregation in the wake of the September 11th tragedy. It was a time of great shock and grief that terrorism could find its way to our front door with such audacity and profound impact. One of the lasting images I remember was members of Congress standing on the steps of the Capitol singing, “God Bless America” written by a very nice Jewish guy named Irving Berlin.

Dec10

From Shabbat to Shabbat: Time to Speak Out

Written by // Rabbi Ron M. Segal Categories D'var Torah

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.”

Written by Pastor Martin Niemoller, these familiar words were penned as a response to the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

Dec02

From Shabbat to Shabbat: Banish the Darkness

Written by // Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg Categories D'var Torah

From Shabbat to Shabbat: Banish the Darkness

How will Paris have a Chanukah Samayach this week, given the horrific events of last month? The shared suffering has been palpable -- we all feel touched by such a tragedy, as it strikes at our very humanity. 

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