Sermons: Rabbi Michael Siegel

Shabbat Shuvah: Morning Sermon

Shabbat Shuvah | Rabbi Michael Siegel | September 11, 2021

The Sin for Which There is No Teshuvah: Thoughts on 9/11: 20 Years Later Rabbi Michael S. Siegel Shabbat Shuvah 2021 Shabbat Shuvah is a day that we celebrate the power of Teshuvah.  Next to monotheism, this notion that human beings can win forgiveness from God for their wrongdoings may be Judaism’s greatest contribution to the Continue Reading »

Shabbat Shuvah: Evening Sermon

Shabbat Shuvah | Rabbi Michael Siegel | September 10, 2021

Higher and Higher: Into the Fire” A Tribute to the Firefighters of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Shabbat Shuvah Rabbi Michael S. Siegel Friday, September 10, 2021 On 911 our world change. The unimaginable became imaginable. The images of planes directed at buildings, and seeing those two iconic structures collapse, people walking in shock covered in dust will Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah, Day One

Rosh Hashanah Day One | Rabbi Michael Siegel | September 7, 2021

Catching Our Tears: Finding Our Humanity and our Judaism Rabbi Michael S. Siegel Rosh Hashanah 2021 In my hand I hold a small clay bottle.  It can easily be mistaken for a random piece of pottery discovered on a dig in Israel.  But it had a very specific purpose.  This is a facsimile of an Continue Reading »

Hebrew, Prayer and National Identity

Ki Tavo | Rabbi Michael Siegel | August 31, 2021

How do you say Computer in Russian, Computer? In Spanish? Computadora In Japanese: Com puu tor Globalization has affected every aspect of our lives including or language.  As most technological advances have been made In America it makes sense that the English terms would make their way around the world in their original form. The Continue Reading »

Taking an Accounting After the Ceasefire: Who Will Define Us Going Forward?

Naso | Rabbi Michael Siegel | May 22, 2021

Imagine this scene. A slave people, who lived for hundreds of years under the whip and tyranny of Egypt. Stripped of a sense of self, these slaves inhabited a world where they were defined by the Egyptian overlords as something subhuman, abhorrent, no different than a pack animal. Now, miraculously freed from slavery, these same Continue Reading »

Love Your Neighbor

Kedoshim | Rabbi Michael Siegel | April 24, 2021

Love Your Neighbor A man walks into the car store wanting to buy a car. He pays the man at the counter and the salesperson says, “All right, just come back in 10 years to pick one up.” The man replies, “Morning or afternoon?” The dealer says, “Well, 10 years from now, what difference does it Continue Reading »

How the City Sits in Mourning: Reflections on Police Shootings in Chicago and Beyond

Tazria-Metzora | Rabbi Michael Siegel | April 17, 2021

Behind my desk in my office, there are two beautiful stained-glass windows. One is a striking image of the Prophet Jeremiah. So, I have the distinction of spending a great deal of time with the image of one of our great Prophets before me. Though I have not been spending a significant amount of time Continue Reading »

The Danger of a Post-Truth America

Yitro | Rabbi Michael Siegel | February 6, 2021

The Danger of a Post-Truth America I want to begin with a Midrash, a Rabbinic teaching, about our Torah reading this morning which, while composed well over a thousand years ago, could have easily been written today: “When Moses was engaged in writing the Torah, he had to write the work of each day of Continue Reading »

Whether Imagination is a Source of Power or Disempowerment is Up to You

Shelach-Lecha | Rabbi Michael Siegel | June 20, 2020

This morning, I would like to speak to you about the power of imagination.  Here, let me put great emphasis on power.  It was none other than Albert Einstein who was able to imagine things happening in the universe that are only now being verified.  “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces Continue Reading »

Remarks on the Juneteenth March

Rabbi Michael Siegel | June 19, 2020

What an amazing sight this is! I have been on a journey with Pastor Chris Harris for the past 8 years and we have walked a great distance together. Chris, I am so proud of the way that you, along with an army of Bright Star volunteers, have brought together elected officials, corporate leaders and Continue Reading »