Open Eyes – Parshat Vayera 5780

When God hears Hagar's distress call, God answers by "opening her eyes." How often in life are we paralyzed by the sheer magnitude of what might need to be done? How often do we perceive ourselves as stuck somewhere, even if the answer is in front of us?

War and Ethics: Troubling News from Israel and Two Paths Forward

This has been a difficult week in Israel and in the Gaza Strip. Over the past number of years, hundreds of missiles have been lunched from Gaza into Israel. During the last year in particular, these missile attacks threatened the rather tenuous cease-fire between Hamas (the titular leaders of Gaza) and Israel.

God, Money and Monotheism—A Reflection on the Old and New

Have you ever found yourself bothered by society’s incessant need for reinvention? For the way we are always looking for the next big thing? Sometimes something new comes on the scene, but just as often, the words of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) ring true. “There is nothing new under the sun.” It’s our memory, our lack of historical knowledge that are at fault.

Let It Go – Parshat Lech Lecha 5780

Abraham’s first act in the Torah is asking his wife to lie for him. How do we reconcile this with the image of Abraham our forefather, the one who we refer to first when listing Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Why do we forgive Abraham?

High Holy Days Sermons 5780

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780 – September 29, 2019 Rabbi David Kosak, New Year Wishes for 5780 – Audio | Text   ————- Rosh Hashanah 5780 (Day 1) – September 30, 2019 Rabbi David Kosak, The Enemy Within, the Enemy Without – Anti-Semitism in 2019 – Audio | Text   Rabbi Eve Posen, Your Presence is Requested – Text ————- Rosh Hashanah 5780 (Day 2) – October 1, 2019 Rabbi David Kosak, Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Audio ... Read More

The Memorial Service of Matt Emlen, z”l

The Memorial Service of Matt Emlen, z”l Monday, November 4, 2019   Please click here for the audio recording   *If you would like to download the recording and listen later, right-click on the link then click “Save as” and it will save onto your computer for later listening. Recorded and edited by Ed Kraus. Click here for an archive of past recordings

You Were Always on My Mind

The year was 1970 when the song first hit the airwaves. Since then, it has been recorded over 300 times and covered by such musicians as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and even the Pet Shop Boys.