Sermons & Articles

David Ben Gurion’s Lessons About Black Lives Matter

Posted on July 25, 2020

On Wednesday evening I got to watch Liverpool Football Club lift the trophy as Champions of the English Premier League, the first time they had achieved that goal in 30 years. This morning I saw an article that asked the question “Which is the greatest title-winning team in Premier League history?”  We love lists and Continue Reading »

A Dangerous Wind in America

Posted on May 9, 2020

As I sat down to write this sermon in my office at Shir Tikva, I looked out of my windows and watched as the wind blew through the trees. At this time of year, I can see green all around me, and when the wind blows it is as though the leaves are dancing together Continue Reading »

#RunWithMaud

Posted on May 8, 2020

I don’t know how many of you have gone shopping recently. Once a week I venture out of the house to buy groceries at Trader Joes. I stand in line, with my mask on keeping a good distance between the person in front of me, and hoping the person behind me is doing similarly. And Continue Reading »

Telling our Story

Posted on April 17, 2020

On Monday evening we will begin the annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah, our Holocaust Memorial Day. And while for us it is an accepted part of our calendar, this was not always the case. In 1951, the Knesset, Israel’s Government, began debating a date for remembering the Holocaust. They considered the 10th of Tevet, a traditional Continue Reading »

Reflections on TST’s Israel Experience

Posted on November 22, 2019

As I reflect on a wonderful ten days in Israel, I feel like I was able to check off all of the major and required Israel experiences. I walked around various markets where stall holders tried to entice me into their stores calling out to me and offering me a “good price”, starting to negotiate Continue Reading »

Facing Our Fears

Posted on October 9, 2019

In 1819, 20 American sailors were aboard the whaleship Essex about 3,000 miles off the coast of Chile.[1] Out in one of the most remote parts of the Pacific Ocean they were struck by a sperm whale; taking on seawater, they were beginning to sink. The men evacuated to three small whaleboats, with rudimentary navigational equipment Continue Reading »

Noah’s Lesson for Today: Saving Ourselves from the Flood

Posted on October 1, 2019

The story of Noah and the Ark is a Biblical classic. One man tasked with the job of building an ark to save all of the animals of this planet, as God brings down a mighty flood to destroy the earth. I recently found a retelling of the story moving it to our present day: Continue Reading »

We need to ask for help

Posted on September 30, 2019

There’s an image doing the rounds on the internet at the moment. It asks: “Which is hardest for you to say? 1. I love you. 2. I was wrong, I’m sorry. 3. I need help. 4. I appreciate you. Or 5. Worcestershire sauce.” Now I understand why 1 to 4 might be challenging for people Continue Reading »

What are you running towards?

Posted on September 6, 2019

In 1981 Bill Broadhurst lined up alongside 1,200 other men and women ready to run the 10,000 meter Pepsi Challenge race. But amongst that field of competitors, Bill Broadhurst was unique, 10 years earlier he had had surgery for a brain aneurysm that had left him paralyzed on his left side. The starting gun sounded, Continue Reading »

Thou shalt never, but never, be a bystander

Posted on July 5, 2019

In the month of February a 15-year-old girl was forced to flee her country. She was too young to make this decision on her own, so her mother and step-father made the decision they felt was best for her. Her father died when she was just 8 months old, and while life had always been Continue Reading »