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Everything One and Everything Changes! (RH1 5774)

Everything One and Everything Changes! Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Rabbi Randy Mark

Beruchim Habaim, Welcome! It is good to be together again this Rosh Hashanah. One of the themes of Rosh Hashanah is what we call Heshbon Hanefesh, Soul Searching. It is the idea that we can and do change from year to year, nothing stays the same, but the belief in free will means that it is up to us to determine what we change and how...Read more...

Engaging Israel (RH2 5774)

Engaging Israel Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5774 Rabbi Randy Mark

Israel is near and dear to our hearts; we read about it, we discuss it and we struggle with the reality. As a people we spent millennia praying for the return of Jewish sovereignty and there are some in this room who can remember that day in 1948 when that dream was realized. The role of Zionism took a dramatic shift in 1967 in the wake of the Six Day...Read more...

Isaiah & Soc Justice (KN 5774)

As we gather on this most sacred of nights on the Jewish calendar, having just listened to the familiar and plaintive chanting of the Kol Nidre, we begin to focus our thoughts on the nature of the day. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, it is about rediscovering our best selves, it is about connecting with God, it is about strengthening our bonds to the Jewish community. It's about looking beyond ourselves to see...Read more...

Loss (YK 5774)

Yom Kippur. Shabbat Shabbaton. The Sabbath of Sabbaths. Sacred time on the Jewish calendar. Time we spend with loved ones is also sacred time. The loss of a loved one makes us acutely aware of the passage of time. And this has been a year of loss – as a nation we were shocked and horrified by the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six staff members brutally and needlessly slaughtered....Read more...

Torah (RH1 5773)

Welcome, everyone, to Shomrei Torah 5773! But more than just make you feel welcome, let me point out that WE are Shomrei Torah 5773!! Each of us individually contributes to the collective whole that is Shomrei Torah. For the non-Hebrew speakers in the crowd, and I understand that we have a few, Shomrei Torah means "Guardians of the Torah" that is what each of us here today is called upon to do, we are each of us...Read more...

Change (RH2 5773)

Rosh Hashanah means "Head of the Year" and the Jewish New Year is all about beginnings. But for us beginnings is not a one shot deal, but rather Judaism has created a system that allows us to begin again every year. We are here celebrating the Jewish New Year now as we do every fall, but why Rosh Hashanah is in the fall came up as a subject of a recent D'var Torah by Henry Ramer. You see the rabbis in the Talmud...Read more...

Israel (KN 5773)

Tonight I want to talk to you about Israel. Some of you might be wondering why it is that I and so many other rabbis return to the subject of Israel year after year, the answer simply is because Israel is so important, so essential to the Jewish people that I want all of you love and care about Israel as much as I do, to be as concerned with her welfare as I am and to pray for her future as Jews have done for...Read more...

Time (YK 5773)

If your life is anything like my life, then you are constantly checking the time and then rushing from place to place, from this activity to that activity. There do not seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Time is such an interesting phenomenon. There is nothing obvious or rational about time, it is simply a convention that we invented to help us – what? What does knowing the time help us...Read more...

Teshuvah (RH2 5772)

Shanah Tovah! I'm very happy to see all of you again. This is one of my favorite times of the year, when I look out from the Bima and see all of your faces. I can remember when I first came and it was so overwhelming to see all these faces and not know who you were, but now when I look out I see familiar faces, faces with stories; faces that I've laughed with and cried with; faces that I have come to love. As we...Read more...

Kehilla Kedusha (KN 5772)

Yom Kippur is at once both a very personal day and a very public communal day. On Yom Kippur each of us fasts, we confront our own shortcomings and sins, we search for, and if we are so blessed we face, God on this most holy of days; in that way each of us has our own individual Yom Kippur experience. This is a common religious theme. Catholics confess individually, one person enters the confessional, speaks with...Read more...

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