Sermons & Articles

TST 2021-2022 Annual Report has been PUBLISHED!

Posted on December 7, 2022

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Letter from the President – October and November Update

Posted on November 21, 2022

Here’s an update from our October and November Board meetings.   Last month, we had a special Kallah at the temple for the board.  After some dinner and socializing, we spent most of the evening reviewing and discussing results from the two surveys that were conducted for the temple over the last six months.  The URJ survey, in which Continue Reading »

Kanye, Wellesley, and Us

Posted on November 1, 2022

I don’t want to stand up here and talk about antisemitism. I wish that our society had reached a place where it was simply not a thing and therefore not requiring of a response. I wish that the condemnations to incidents of antisemitism would be so loud and widespread that you would not need to Continue Reading »

Sukkot-Simchat Torah Spectacular

Posted on October 24, 2022

Yom Kippur Sermon: Cheshbon HaNefesh- Accounting of the Soul

Posted on October 19, 2022

It occurred to me that this moment might be like returning home after a long journey.  Everything appears incredibly familiar and, at the same time, somehow different. As I imagined, so it is!   It is so very good to be home.  Seeing those of you with whom I shared nineteen years of smiles and Continue Reading »

Yom Kippur Yizkor Sermon: Our Inherited Authority on Grief

Posted on October 16, 2022

When my dad sits in services, he does a lot of what I call synagogue math. “If we’re on page 45 now, and the Aleinu is on page 116,” and we’re averaging about 5 minutes per page…then how much longer do I have to sit here…?” (If you’re wondering, he’ll be watching Shir Tikva services Continue Reading »

Kol Nidrei

Posted on October 6, 2022

All vows– resolves and commitments, vows of abstinence and terms of obligation, sworn promises and oaths of dedication– that we promise and swear to G-d, and take upon ourselves from this Day of Atonement until next Day of Atonement, may it find us well: we regret them and for all of them we repent. Let Continue Reading »

Yom Kippur Sermon: You Are Enough

Posted on October 6, 2022

A story is told of a water carrier, who had two pots on a very long pole that she balanced on her shoulders. Each day the woman left her home and walked down a path to the stream where she would fill the pots with water, put them back on her pole, balance the pole Continue Reading »

Living in God’s House: Rosh HaShanah II Morning Sermon

Posted on September 28, 2022

If I was a bird, instead of migrating South in the winter, I’d probably migrate further North. I thrive in cold weather and I melt in the heat. I love the magic of snowy days and the sound of rain pitter-pattering against a roof or a window. My ideal state is being snuggled up in Continue Reading »

Nurturing Hope in a “Hopeless” World: Rosh Hashanah I Sermon

Posted on September 28, 2022

A story is told of a town where all of the clocks stopped working (1). The people did what they could to try and repair their time pieces, but despite their best efforts they could not get them going again. No one in town understood the inner workings of the springs, dials, pendulums, and gears – Continue Reading »