Sermons Archive

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...

Eikev – Emotional Fires

I have to do some teshuvah, some repentance. We are fast approaching the month of Elul, which immediately precedes Rosh Hashanah. During Elul, we are supposed to prepare ourselves for performing teshuvah so that by the time Rosh Hashanah arrives, we are ready to...

Chukim and Mr. Rogers

What was your first concert? Mine was Mr. Rogers. I saw him somewhere in Culver City, or maybe it was Westchester. I don’t remember because I was only five or six years old at the time, seven at the latest. I’ve been thinking about Fred Rogers lately because of...

Nation-State Law

1 — Basic principles The land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established. The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people. 2 — The symbols of the state...

Devarim

People often ask me, Rabbi Diamond, what do you like to do for fun. Usually I tell them innocuous things like playing guitar, going on long walks, reading, but that’s not really true. What I really like to do is go on YouTube and watch videos of the Slingshot Ride. If...