Rabbi Jordi Sermons

Earth Day and Climate Grief

Posted on April 25, 2022

My Offspring for My Sins (Parashat Vayikra)

Posted on March 11, 2022

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA Kabbalat Shabbat • March 11, 2022 • 9 Adar II 5782 This week’s Torah portion, Vayikra, the very beginning of the book of Leviticus, is notoriously difficult to make sense of from a modern point of view. The topic is animal sacrifices: sacrifices for saying thank Continue Reading »

Ukraine: Study War No More

Posted on February 28, 2022

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA Kabbalat Shabbat • February 25, 2022 • 25 Adar I 5782 Ukraine:  Study War No More (Parashat Vayakhel) When I was in 8th grade, my teacher at Monday Night School—that was the teen program back then at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, CA—gave each of us Continue Reading »

Temple Shir Tikva and United Parish in Brookline Interfaith Choral Collaboration

Posted on February 14, 2022

United Parish of Brookline February 13, 2022 Rabbi Danny: It is always such a joy and a privilege to be here with our friends at the United Parish in Brookline. Thank you to Pastors Amy Norton and Kent French and to Minister of Music Susan DeSelms for the warmth of welcome that we have received. Continue Reading »

Gender Diversity in the Image of God: Knowing Before Whom We Stand (Vayigash)

Posted on December 10, 2021

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA  •  December 10, 2021  •  7 Tevet 5782   Many of you joined us a few weeks ago for the talk we hosted by Dr. Jeremi Carswell, the Director of the GeMS (Gender Multispecialty Service) Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and her colleague, psychologist Kerry MacGregor, Continue Reading »

Thanksgiving (and Chanukah): When the Story Cannot Hold

Posted on November 26, 2021

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA  •  November 26, 2021  •  23 Kislev 5782 This is a sermon about what we do when we come up against the fact that the stories we’ve been telling ourselves about ourselves and about the world we live in can no longer hold.  It is a Continue Reading »

Choosing Community, Choosing Membership (Lech L’cha)

Posted on October 15, 2021

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA  •  October 15, 2021  •  10 Cheshvan 5782 When I was in my early 20s, I spent several months on a kibbutz in the middle of the Negev, the desert region that is the southern half of Israel.  Kibbutz Revivim is a place that is isolated, Continue Reading »

Detours (Yom Kippur sermon)

Posted on September 27, 2021

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis Erev Yom Kippur • September 15, 2021 • 10 Tishrei 5782 I was listening to back episodes of Radical Candor recently.  It’s a podcast I like, by the authors of a book by the same name, about leadership and workplace dynamics.  As I worked my way through Season 1 of the Continue Reading »

Perfect Rainbow Order: The Climate, Despair, and Our Song of Hope (Rosh Hashanah sermon)

Posted on September 12, 2021

by Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis Erev Rosh Hashanah 5782 When I was nine years old, I had the most magnificent marker set, with slender markers in a metal tray in two rows, with an insert with careful indentations in which to nestle each marker in its place, and a lid that fit on perfectly, snuggling Continue Reading »

A Song of Ascendings, on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 (Shabbat Shuvah)

Posted on September 10, 2021

by Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis Shabbat Shuvah • September 10, 2021 • 5 Tishrei 5782 Psalm 126 A Song of Ascendings. When the Eternal returned the returners to Zion, we were like dreamers; Our mouths were filled with laughter then, Our tongues with song….  We were so happy. Return our returners, God, like floods of Continue Reading »