Interior Sanctuary

High Holy Day Sermons

  • Rabbi Leder
  • Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur 5780/2019 - Yizkor - Rabbi Leder

This is my 33rd Yizkor on this bimah.  But in a profound way, it is also my first.  Because I buried my father one year ago yesterday, this is the first time I have felt what so many of you feel.  I have learned much this past year of sorrow and moving on….    

Helplessness:  Now I understand the psalmist when he said, “Nah-ah-vay-tee shachotee ad m’od--I am bent and bowed low.” (ps 38:6)  

  • 5780/2019
  • Yizkor
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  • Rabbi Nickerson
  • Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur 5780/2019 - Rabbi Nickerson

My fears have changed at different stages in my life. In my early twenties, after studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory, another type of fear rose up in me. I realized I didn’t want to be a doctor but now what was I going to do with my life? And years later, after Julia gave birth to our third daughter, Rebecca, there were some very scary complications and an entirely new set of fears emerged. Luckily, she was okay. There’s a phrase used in the military and by doctors in the ER – “Don’t just do something, stand there.” It’s a reminder that before you act, you should assess the situation and consider your next step very carefully.

  • 5780/2019
  • Yom Kippur
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  • Rabbi Shapiro
  • Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur - 5780/2019 - Rabbi Shapiro

There could be thirty-three million Jews in the world today, but there are only thirteen million—up to twenty million Jews are missing because of a broken promise. In 1917 the British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild making a promise.

“His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object….”

Had Balfour kept his word, we wouldn’t have had to wait another forty-one years and fight a war for Israel to be born, and six million Jews would have had a place to go before Germany’s Final Solution.

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  • Rabbi Leder
  • Yom Kippur
Kol Nidrei - 5780/2019 - Rabbi Leder

My father was buried one year ago this morning. I have spoken before about how frugal he was. How he rinsed paper plates, laid them out to dry and reused them; how he would ask the waitress for just a little hot water and slice of lemon, then pull a nasty, used tea bag from his red, plaid flannel shirt pocket and drop it in. These behaviors were the result of a world view, a deeply-held religious and philosophical doctrine often articulated to me in my youth with the Yiddishism “A bissel iz a plotz -- a little is a lot.” 

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  • Rabbi Eshel
  • Rosh Hashanah
Rosh HaShanah 5780/2019 - Rabbi Eshel

Ah love… for us in southern california the wedding season is all year long.  So many couples, I dare say the majority of couples I marry are meeting online… Jdate, Match, ok cupid, tinder, eharmony, Jswipe, and my ultimate favorite?... at least by name… Saw You at Sinai! 

The idea behind the name is all Jewish souls, stood together at sinai, that each and every one of us was there standing together entering into our covenantal relationship with God. We chose to become part of something greater than ourselves, God promising blessing and purpose and meaning and we promise a life of responsibility and intention and action. 

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