Sermons & Articles

Under Pressure (Rosh Hashanah 2018)

Posted on September 9, 2018

by Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis Man. The High Holy Days are really… grand.  They are beautiful. They are intense. They are a lot of pressure. They are a lot of pressure. And, I don’t just mean that as a rabbi. I mean, yes, as a rabbi there is plenty of pressure to go around, of saying all Continue Reading »

Are We Losing Israel?

Posted on June 27, 2018

Last week I returned home from our Kabbalat Shabbat services and discovered that the two checks, which I thought were in my pocket, were not there. I panicked and immediately searched through the pockets of pants I had worn on the previous days, looked in the places I had remembered leaving them and even searched Continue Reading »

A Synagogue Where We Take Off Our Shoes

Posted on June 1, 2018

One Sunday morning a children’s program leader noticed a little girl standing outside the room, looking in with great eagerness at the fun the other children were having. The leader went outside and invited the little girl inside. “They’ll all laugh at me.” “Why do you think that honey?” “Because I don’t have any shoes.” Continue Reading »

Lessons of the Marathon

Posted on April 3, 2018

Imagine a race of over 500 miles. It is hard to fathom. And yet in 1983 in Australia they announced an ultra-marathon of 543.7 miles between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. 150 world-class runners arrived to take part in this historic event, excited to test their mettle against the world’s best. On the day Continue Reading »

Judging Ourselves

Posted on September 29, 2017

A Rabbi and a taxi driver both died and went to Heaven. At the Pearly gates they were met by an angel who led them in. ‘Come with me’, said the angel to the taxi driver. The taxi driver did as he was told and followed the angel to a mansion. It had everything you Continue Reading »

Be Humans Who Are Super

Posted on September 20, 2017

Faster than a speeding bullet. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Is it a bird, is it a plane. No … it’s a nice Jewish boy from Krypton. This past year Gal Gadot gave us a Jewish Wonder Woman, but before she assumed the role, we could claim Superman as one of Continue Reading »