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Watch, listen or read the sermons in our listing of recordings below. Alternatively, you may subscribe to the Beth Am Sermons Podcast.

Watch, listen or read the sermons in our listing of recordings below. Alternatively, you may subscribe to the Beth Am Sermons Podcast.



Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
October 14, 2019
Rabbi Sarah Weissman
October 9, 2019

One Yom Kippur, a rabbi was overcome with religious feeling and threw himself to the ground proclaiming, “Lord, I am nothing!” Not to be outdone, the cantor prostrated himself and exclaimed, “Lord, I am nothing!” The temple handyman, working in the back of the sanctuary, joined the fervor, prostrating himself and crying, “Lord, I am nothing!” Whereupon the rabbi nudged the cantor and whispered, “Look who thinks he's nothing!”

It is hard to be humble.  It has probably always been hard, but it is especially hard today.  Modernity gave us the gifts of freedom, equality, and human dignity, but it...

Karen Kronick
October 9, 2019

My relationship with Israel has its origins from 1926, when three close family members each made the decision to leave Warsaw, Poland to seek a better, safer future elsewhere. My grandfather, Max Springer, brought his family, including my father, who was then 8 years old, to New York City, to begin a new life in America. His sister Shayndel, moved to Paris with her husband and daughter, where they settled and became French citizens. And their cousin, Moishe Shlingbaum, chose to leave to go to Palestine with his wife and young daughter Haya. These international family connections provided me...

Rabbi Janet Marder
October 8, 2019

“Look,” he said. “It’s smiling at you.” I gave my husband a quizzical glance. He looked back at me expectantly. “Over there,” he said. “See? It’s smiling at you.” He pointed across the room. There, sitting on the couch, was a fat manilla folder full of clippings from the New York Times. The folder was open, and it was facing me. I suppose, if you looked at it in a certain way, that it might resemble an open mouth; a friendly mouth, stuffed full of obituary clippings, smiling at me, as if to signal that the High Holy Day season...

Dr. Joseph Schwartz
October 7, 2019

My name is Joseph Schwartz and I’m a family physician at PAMF for

the last 25 years. My family and I moved to Guatemala for a year and

returned about 3 months ago; I’m here tonight to share a small piece

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
September 30, 2019

You may have heard this one.   A man is ship-wrecked on a deserted Island.  Five years later, a passing ship notices his campfire and stops to rescue him. When the captain comes ashore, the castaway thanks him profusely and offers to give him a tour of the little island. He shows off the nets he made for fishing, the fire pit where he cooks his food, the synagogue he built for praying, the hammock where he sleeps. On their way back to the ship, however, the captain notices a second synagogue. “I don’t understand,” the captain asks; “why did...


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