Sermons & Articles

Who Says Miracles Don’t Happen Anymore . . .?

Posted on October 10, 2023

By Rabbi Lisa Eiduson On July 25, the New York Times reported, a woman named Peggy Jones and her husband Wendell, learned a lesson in a most usual way. They were home, doing yardwork in Silsbee, Texas, about 100 miles from Houston. Suddenly, a snake fell from the clear blue sky and landed right on Continue Reading »

Choosing Imperfection: Lessons for the New Year from Barbie

Posted on October 10, 2023

By Rabbi Lisa Eiduson “It is the best day ever. So was yesterday, and so is tomorrow, and every day from now until forever.” Words from the block-buster summer movie Barbie –now Warner Brothers’ highest-grossing domestic film release in history. It is more than a rage. It is an entire movement called “Barbiecore.” Did you Continue Reading »

Kol Nidre: A Call for Self-Compassion

Posted on October 10, 2023

By Student Rabbi Heather Renetzky When I was little, my parents spent A LOT of quarters on the washer and dryer in our apartment building. This was for two reasons:   As a baby, apparently the vibration of the machine was just about the only thing that would calm me down enough to fall asleep. Continue Reading »

What do you want to be?

Posted on October 10, 2023

What do you want to be? Some of us never get asked that question any more, while for the younger members of our community it’s a question that they are probably asked with quite some frequency. Had you asked me that question when I was a child then I would have answered with certainty that Continue Reading »

What we cannot see – responding to the mental health crisis

Posted on September 18, 2023

A few months ago I learned 3 important lessons … from a wheelbarrow. Hire someone or find a friend to help you when spreading a mountain of mulch. A cracked rib is really painful. And 3. Always listen to your wife. I had plans of spreading this mountain of mulch on my own, and over Continue Reading »

A message from Rabbi Danny about Israel and Tisha B’Av

Posted on July 26, 2023

Tonight, we begin the commemoration of Tisha B’Av. This day is without a doubt the saddest on the Jewish calendar, as we remember the destruction of the first and second Temples. In recalling these tragic moments from Jewish history, one of the messages that we take from the day is not that our downfall came Continue Reading »

TST Chai-Lights June 2023 Issue

Posted on July 17, 2023

How I Maintain Hope

Posted on May 17, 2023

Originally published by Combined Jewish Philanthropies as a part of the Face Jewish Hate Campaign My dad’s mother was born in Berlin in 1923 and was one of the lucky ones who escaped before World War II began and the borders were closed. But she still lived through the introduction of a variety of anti-Jewish Continue Reading »

Yom HaShoah 5783

Posted on May 1, 2023

Click the image above to access the recording of the Yom HaShoah program hosted on April 17th by Congregation B’nai Torah, in conjunction with Congregations Or Atid and Beth El. Program Introduction by Rabbi Lisa Eiduson Educational Program on the Jewish Refugees of Shanghai Memorial Service led by Rabbis Eiduson, Pollison and Breindel

Rabbi relieved that outrage over Natick swastika extended past Jewish community

Posted on April 30, 2023

Originally published in the MetroWest Daily News April 30, 2023 Like many others in my line of work, I have been following the reports about rising levels of antisemitism. I am saddened by the way in which these incidents have become commonplace in communities throughout the country. It was only last month that the Anti-Defamation Continue Reading »