Sermons Archive

Shall We Forgive

The road from Thousand Oaks to Palm Springs is a long one, at least twenty-five years long. That is how long I have not spoken to my uncle who lives in Palm Springs. It’s not just me. Most of the members of my family have not spoken to him and have no desire to. But I...

Machloket Leshem Shamayim

It’s three balls, two strikes, and one out at the top of the ninth inning in Yankee stadium. The Red Sox are ahead 3–¬2. Up in the right field bleachers, a young couple wearing red baseball caps and Red Sox jerseys watch the game hopefully. She yells, “Go, Red Sox!”...

Small Groups and Community

I have now lived in states across the country, from California, New Jersey, and Michigan to Ohio, Iowa, and Texas, and now back here. How many of you have lived outside of California? One of the things that separates these places is the disasters that can befall them....

What Shall We Remember

My bad memory It’s good to be back at TAE and good to be here with you tonight. More than any other congregation I have served, I have the warmest memories of my time at Adat Elohim, which is why I’m so happy to be back. Of course, the reason that I enjoyed it here so...

Shoftim: Don’t Be Like Them

If you drive on Highway 395 through one of the valleys that carved the eastern edge of California, you’ll arrive at the City of Lone Pine. The road is flat and straight, with towering hills on either side of the valley. You’ll come across Diaz Lake on your left, a few...

Ki Teitzei – Double Portion to What is Right

My grandfather used to smoke a few packs of cigarettes a day for most of his life. I know I shouldn’t have, but I loved the smell of his cigarettes, even though I knew they were harmful. Nonetheless, I would ask, “grandpa, when are you going to stop smoking?” And he...