Sermons | Congregation Beth Am




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.



Maya Star-Lack
May 10, 2019

Shabbat Shalom. My name is Maya Star-Lack, I’m a graduating senior, and I believe that personal connection should determine the way religion fits into someone’s life, irregardless of theology and degree of devotion.

I had a lovely Jewish education as a Beth Am kid. I started Shabbaton when I was five. It was my first introduction to Judaism, while I also explored my blossoming love for tea and snacks. I remember making the family scrapbook during Mishpacha that we still display and treasure.

 At 13, I completed my Bat Mitzvah with my childhood best friend. My torah portion focused on...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
April 26, 2019

The afikomen has been found, the Haggadahs have been put away, and Pesach is nearly over, so naturally, I’m making my guest list for next year’s Seder.  I’ve decided that since Elijah was a no-show yet again (at least at my Seder--I don’t know about yours), I’m going to invite someone else in his place next year: her name is Serach bat Asher. 

Serach is the daughter of Asher and the granddaughter of Jacob.  She’s mentioned in Genesis along with the rest of Jacob’s family as they head down to Egypt (46:17) and, curiously, she is also mentioned in the...

Rabbi Janet Marder
April 26, 2019

By the seventh day of Passover, I've had a bellyful of matzah. I've eaten it in all kinds of forms this week: matzah balls and matzah brei, matzah kugel and matzah meal rolls, as well as a delicacy I only learned about when I got married: gabritte matzah, which consists of matzah pieces soaked in hot water, salted and eaten with scoops of cottage cheese. Shelly makes this for me every year, seeking the perfect al dente texture, occasionally altering the flavor with subtle additives he will not disclose. I’ve searched the Internet in vain for this recipe, or something...

Daniel Rosenthal, Neill Brownstein, Peg Krome
April 12, 2019
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
April 5, 2019

Four and a half decades ago, in a paper in American Scientist, Herbert Simon and William Chase drew one of the most famous conclusions in the study of expertise:

There are no instant experts in chess—certainly no instant masters or grandmasters. There appears not to be on record any case (including Bobby Fischer) where a person reached grandmaster level with less than about a decade's intense preoccupation with the game. We would estimate, very roughly, that a master has spent perhaps 10,000 to 50,000 hours staring at chess positions…

In the years that followed, an entire field within psychology...


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