On Wednesday night last week, Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael heard a powerful sermon by Juan Rodrigez. No, Mr. Rodriguez is not a rabbi. I have reason to believe he is not even Jewish. So what, you may ask, was he doing giving a sermon on Erev Rosh Hashanah, the start of...
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This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past. What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...
April 3, 2012 | 3:38 pm
The official government sermon delivered in mosques across Malaysia called Jews the “main enemy.”
The sermon, prepared and distributed by the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department and delivered on March 30, said that “Muslims must understand Jews are the main enemy to Muslims...
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I was nervous about going to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu this past Sunday at All-Saints Church. I was nervous because, despite his remarkable life story, which of course includes fighting and winning the battle against apartheid in his homeland, South Africa, he has made comments...
September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am
A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.
A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist...
October 1, 2008 | 9:54 pm
Yes, he says 'Israelites'! (MSNBC)
A pastor who blessed Sarah Palin's run for Alaska governor said Christians should emulate "Israelites" and run the economy.
The 2005 video of South African Pastor Thomas Muthee laying hands on Palin, the Republican vice-presidential pick, surfaced...
January 20, 2008 | 11:48 am
It was a Friday night Shabbat service at Temple Israel of Hollywood that would be forgotten for years.
Someone taped it, and the tape was unknown until last year; as soon as I heard it, I knew it...
September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm
September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm
You think you have it bad? What about your rabbi, who has to work weeks -- no, months -- to prepare a High Holy Days Sermon. You think it's easy writing a speech that people will remember for the rest of the year? Well, then, why don't you and a friend write your very own with our...
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How Do Rabbis Choose Their Topics For High Holiday Sermons?
What they don't do is gather together and get a list of topics from on high. But about a month or so before the major holidays -- like Passover and Rosh Hashanah -- the Board of Rabbis of Southern California sponsors a...
June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm
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A Growing Hunger
Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history...
February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
It's Thursday night at Toras HaShem, an outreach yeshiva in North Hollywood and some 40 people are here to hear Rabbi Zvi Block's weekly Torah portion sermon. Tonight the class includes college-age women wearing long skirts; a number of septuagenarians; a middle-aged man, who is...
August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Rabbi Edward Feinstein wants to make something clear: It's not about the anecdotes or the jokes or the witty stories. "The art of giving a sermon is not to say something clever. The art of giving a sermon is to say something important. It's not about entertaining," says Feinstein,...
May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Rabbi David Wolpe keeps the hundreds of "Exodus letters" he's received in two piles on his desk: for and against. And given the still-swirling controversy over his speech on Pesach, even he is surprised that the grateful and congratulatory letters outnumber the negative ones 20 to 1....
September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm
Fresh out of seminary, Rabbi Naomi Levy gave High Holiday sermons the way she thought they were supposed to sound -- formal, ponderous, laced with phrases such as "my dear friends." Every once in a while, however, she would look up from her prepared text and slip into her natural...
December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Note to future rabbis: If you want to make a lasting firstimpression with your congregants, nothing beats farm animals on thebimah. Just ask anyone at Temple Adat Shalom in West LosAngeles. It's been almost four months since Michael Resnick took overthere, and they're still talking...
October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm
It's High Holiday speech season. Rabbis prep, call each other withideas, exchange jokes, insights, and witty stories. They ponder thegreat issues of the day and get ready for prime-time talking in therabbinical world. Synagogues may not be full throughout the year, butcome Rosh...
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