Sermons

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 »

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 »

Lift Every Voice and Sing • Yom Kippur 5781

Yom Kippur | Rabbi David Russo | September 28, 2020

Just over 9 years ago, I was interviewing for a position here at Anshe Emet. I remember the first morning that I walked into Anshe Emet. As part of the interview, I attended morning minyan. I remember Debby Lewis picking me up from my hotel at 630 in the morning. And she told me that I Continue Reading »

My Rock • Yizkor 5781

Yizkor | Rabbi David Russo | September 28, 2020

Every summer when there’s not a pandemic, my wife Rebecca and I make time to take our family to Canada and Boston to visit our families. One of the things that we often do on these trips is visit the graves of our grandparents who have since died. Two summers ago, we went to the Boston area, 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 »

Tabs

Rosh Hashanah Day Two | Rabbi David Russo | September 20, 2020

Shana tova! I want you to think back to 2019 with me for a moment. And I know, it’s hard to remember a time before March of 2020. But I want to think back to the end of December, 2019. One of the things that I mentioned last year during the High Holy Days is Continue Reading »