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Yom Kippur Morning Service 5782/2021

09/16/2021 09:02:32 PM

Sep16

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown

Good Yuntuf.

         Among the least understood customs associated with Yom Kippur is the practice of wearing white.  In traditional circles, many wear kittels, the ritual robe that men historically wore on their wedding days, on Yom Kippur, and to conduct Passover seders.  Cantor Becker and I, and many of our colleagues around the...Read more...

Kol Nidre 5782/2021

09/15/2021 09:00:46 PM

Sep15

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown

Good Yuntuf.

         1500 years ago, the rabbis of the Midrash told the story of a group of neighbors who went sailing.  One of the passengers unexpectedly picks up a blade, and begins carving a hole into the bottom of the boat, immediately underneath his seat. 

         The other...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5782

09/15/2021 10:57:03 AM

Sep15

Shanah Tovah.

          The setting: somewhere in the Judaean Desert.

          The time: 3800 years ago.

          The principal characters: Abraham, founding father of the Jewish People.  And his and Sarah’s only son:...Read more...

Yom Kippur Morning 5781

09/28/2020 08:22:45 AM

Sep28

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown

Kol Nidre 5781: A Sermon on Racial Justice

09/27/2020 07:00:57 PM

Sep27

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown

In spring 1963, 25 years after being rescued from Germany, Abraham Joshua Heschel left his office at Jewish Theological Seminary. He walked south toward Columbia’s campus, to send a telegram.Read more...

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5781:  Forgiving Ourselves

09/20/2020 06:31:59 PM

Sep20

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown

Psalms 51:4-5

(4) Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity, and purify me of my sin; (5) for I recognize my transgressions, and am ever conscious of my sin.

תהילים נ״א:ד׳-ה׳

)ד( הרבה ]֭ ֶה ֶרב[ ַכּ ְבּ ֵ֣סנִי ֵמ ֲעוֺ ִ֑ני ֽוּ ֵמ ַח ָטּא ִ֥תי ַטֲהֵֽרנִי׃)ה(ִכּֽי־ְ֭פָשַׁעי ֲאִ֣ני...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5781:  A Sermon Reflecting on Hope, in the Shadow of the Pandemic

09/19/2020 06:50:54 PM

Sep19

Rabbi Jefrey Brown

 

Shanah Tovah.

I want to begin this morning by just asking you to pause and catch your breath.

I don’t know if this is true for you – but for me...when I’m harried, and my thoughts are scattered...I just try to slow down. Before organizing my thoughts, I concentrate on my feelings.

In this pandemic, I’m concerned for the health of my family, friends, and each...Read more...

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5781: Reflections on creating a Mikdash Ma'at (mini sanctuary) in our Homes

09/18/2020 07:54:46 PM

Sep18

Rabbi Jeffrey Brown

Shanah Tovah, friends. And welcome.
These holidays are all about...transformation.

We saw it a moment ago, with our candlelighting. By kindling flame, and reciting blessings, we brought change into the universe, transforming an otherwise mundane Friday into Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah.

This season isn’t just about the transformation of time. It’s about the transformation of...Read more...

Thu, August 11 2022 14 Av 5782