September 13, 2007
What will your rabbi be talking about?
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Goldstein will focus one sermon on "Spending Your Jewish Capital," and he will ask participants what they intend to do with the history, folklore, language and connection to Israel that are part of our Jewish legacy. Another will address the topic "Islam and Judaism: Our Shared Heritage."
"I hope that this experience touches their hearts and touches the Judaism in them," said Goldstein, expressing the wish that afterward many will become motivated to affiliate.
Rabbi Joshua B. Gordon, spiritual leader of Chabad of Encino and executive director of Chabad of the Valley, will devote one of his five sermons to Israel, as he always does. He points out, however, that while this is the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel, the Jews' relationship to Israel goes back thousands of years to the time of Abraham.
For all of his talks, however, whatever the topic, Gordon has one goal that very likely sums up the goal of all rabbis sermonizing this season: "It is my vision that when people walk out of the synagogue after I've delivered a sermon, that they feel uplifted, they feel invigorated and they feel charged."
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For Rabbi Geller's sermon (MS Word format), click here.
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