Rabbi Danny Sermons

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 »

Sermon in Song: TST Choir and United Parish Brookline Choir

Posted on September 28, 2022

Introduction by Rabbi Danny Burkeman I remember trying out for my synagogue youth choir when I was a child. I really enjoyed singing and it also meant that I would get to miss a bit of the regular class. They had a policy that everyone was accepted into the choir and so they let me Continue Reading »

Responding to Threats of Violence

Posted on August 25, 2022

12,233 days, over 400 months, almost 33 ½ years. That was the amount of time between Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a Fatwa, a legal ruling calling on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, and the attack which took place a week ago at the Chautauqua Institution where someone tried to murder Rushdie.  In 1988, Salman Rushdie published Continue Reading »

Don’t Forget The Other Millennials

Posted on July 15, 2022

Originally Published by eJewish Philanthropy Since becoming a leader within the Jewish community just over 20 years ago, I have observed a major focus on engaging young adults. We can see that there are services and programs set up with the explicit purpose of attracting young adults to connect with synagogues or to their Jewish Continue Reading »

A Jewish Response to the Reversal of Roe v. Wade

Posted on July 7, 2022

I have always been an Americanophile; in case you’re unfamiliar with the term it means “a person who greatly admires of favors America or things from American culture.”1 Okay, full disclosure I didn’t actually know there was a word for this, but I googled in the hope that it would exist and there it was.   Continue Reading »

Ever-evolving, Ever-adapting, Ever-Reforming

Posted on May 2, 2022

Not ever-dying. Ever-evolving, ever-adapting, and ever-reforming In 1948, the Jewish thinker Simon Rawidowicz wrote a paper entitled: “Israel, the Ever-dying People”.[1] In the aftermath of the Holocaust, one might have thought that he was talking about the fact that we as a community have faced challenges from the outside who have sought to destroy kill Continue Reading »

Birkat Gomel – Reciting a Blessing after the attack at Congregation Beth Israel

Posted on January 23, 2022

People will often say that we Jews have a blessing or a prayer for every occasion – and they’d be right. Whatever happens there is a blessing to be said, praising and thanking God. When a person survives a near death experience, they recite Birkat Gomel. God is thanked for rewarding the undeserving with goodness, Continue Reading »

Rabbi Danny’s Invocation for The Greater Framingham Community Church’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Posted on January 17, 2022

It is such a joy and a privilege to be with you this morning and especially to be alongside my dear friend and colleague Reverend J. Anthony Lloyd. I feel immensely honored and blessed to have the opportunity to deliver today’s invocation. I am ever so grateful to be here, surrounded by friends committed to Continue Reading »