Sermons: Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould

Rosh Hashanah, Day Two

Rosh Hashanah Day Two | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | September 8, 2021

Making Teshuvah with Ourselves Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould Rosh Hashanah, Day 2, 2021 This year, I, like most of you, did a fair bit of TV binge watching. Amongst other things, perhaps more than once, I watched all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. I love the Marvel Universe. I love the superheroes and their foibles. Continue Reading »

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | September 6, 2021

The Power of Gratitude Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould Erev Rosh Hashanah 2021 For Thanksgiving last year, we drove an RV to Arizona. It was the height of the Pandemic. I hadn’t seen my parents in ages. It seemed like the only safe and reasonable way to get there. So, my family of four piled into a Continue Reading »

Washing Our Hands Clean: Eglah Arufah

Shoftim | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | August 16, 2021

This week, and just this week, in our home, in our backyard, in the city of Chicago, the following people died from gun violence: Cordell Bass Andre Carter Ella French Kenneth Harvey Jeremy Head Lazerrick Jackson Stephan Roberts Tyrane Seals Daryl Willis Unknown (3) If you are like me, most of the time, you don’t Continue Reading »

Collective Responsibility • Yom Kippur 5781

Yom Kippur | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | September 28, 2020

I was 15. I was away for the weekend at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California on a Shabbat retreat for Hebrew High School. I arrived in my bunk, unloaded my clothes, and the counselor invited the boys to gather outside for ice breakers. We sat in a circle of logs staring at our shoes, and started telling Continue Reading »

Why Pray? • Kol Nidre 5781

Kol Nidre | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | September 27, 2020

Virtual Prayer Services, in my house, are a total zoo. I’ve got the service streaming on the iPad, Avi is pulling my Tallis off, Matan is banging his action figures on the train table, diapers need to be changed, Cheerios are flying, and life is chaos. And then, even when the kids settle in, the setting Continue Reading »

The Day After: Recovering Hope in a Time of Trauma

Rosh Hashanah Day Two | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | September 20, 2020

How are you going to feel the day after the Coronavirus? When this is all over, when the disease is vanquished, can you imagine how deeply you’ll breathe? That tightness in your chest, the knot that won’t let go… what will it feel like when it’s just… gone? When we can go “back to normal,” Continue Reading »

The Limits of The Emergency Room

Rosh Hashanah Day One | Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould | September 19, 2020

I couldn’t put down my phone. I was in Galena, on a short vacation with my family. We rented a house in the midst of nature. It was glorious. The space to breathe without a mask was healing. The time away from responsibilities was liberating. But I couldn’t stop checking my email. And my texts. Continue Reading »