Sermons

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 »

Curses

Rosh Hashanah Day One | Rabbi David Russo | September 19, 2020

Shana tova! Don’t you love it when someone reframes or changes your perspective on something that you’ve thought about forever? I want to let you in on two facts about me, both of them geeky. First, I’m part of a Facebook group called Ask the Beit Midrash. People ask random questions about Jewish thought, and 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 »

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 »