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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.

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Robin Stavisky
Yom Kippur 5779
September 19, 2018

When the rabbi first called to ask if I would be willing to speak at the Yom Kippur about the subject of forgiveness, I was taken aback. “Rabbi,” I said, “I am no exemplar of forgiveness!” “Good” she said. “Speak to that.”

This topic and occasion presented a challenge to me. Not only would it be my first time speaking before the entire congregation in my 30+ years as a member, but I don’t know if I could find a more difficult subject.  Moreover, she also requested I make it personal, not how we as Jews struggle with forgiveness, but...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
Yom Kippur 5779
September 19, 2018







Before I begin, I want to let you know that the subject of my sermon this morning may be sensitive for some congregants as it makes reference to sexual assault. I’ll begin with a story from the Talmud:

 

Some captive women were rescued and brought to the house of Rav Amram the Pious. The women were taken up to his attic to sleep and the ladder was removed so that no one could go up to them. When any of the women passed by the entrance to...
Rabbi Janet Marder
Erev Yom Kippur 5779
September 18, 2018

Every year on Yom Kippur I come up here and joke about him: the handsome, smart, long-suffering man in my life. Tonight I thought I should say thank you to Shelly. Thank you for marrying me on August 18, 1979, 39 years ago last month. Thank you for letting me keep the window a little bit open even on those chilly nights, and for humoring me in oh-so-many ways. Thank you for your wit and wisdom and your ever-generous heart. Thank you for giving me two beautiful daughters and for being the world’s most adoring Saba. Thank you for standing...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
September 14, 2018
Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 10, 2018

Ever go on line and see those ubiquitous click bait headlines?  The ones that are hard to ignore even as you know you are entering a rabbit hole of time waste and anger.   Depending on our hobbies and habits, we all get different ones and it’s hard to stay away.  Here are some of mine. New report on the top 5 best infields ever.  These 11 tips to get your toddler to listen to you.   How to lose 15 lbs by tomorrow.  Palo Alto homes under a million dollars.  1 trick to change your attitude and connect with your friends...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 9, 2018

Earlier this summer, over the July 4th holiday, my family and I gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate my grandmother Dorothy’s 99th birthday. Surrounded by friends and family, there were four generations of Watenmakers present celebrating our family’s matriarch. My paternal grandmother, Dorothy, was born in July of 1919 in Chicago - she began her life as a preemie, born two months early. Her father died when she was only three years old, and so she and her sister, Ida, and mother, Flora, all moved in with her Uncle Sol (who she called “Unc”), Aunt Lena (Flora’s sister), and their...

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