Sermons | Congregation Beth Am





Assemblymember Richard Bloom
March 31, 2017
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
March 24, 2017

The Artist’s Spirit

Just before dawn, on a summer night in 1889, looking out the window of a mental institution, Vincent Van Gogh painted what would become one of his most famous works: “Starry Night.” It’s one of the most recognized and reproduced images in the history of art. At this peak of his lifelong struggle with mental illness, perhaps the most turbulent moment of his life, he painted this incredible work, which depicts the night sky with brilliant swirls of whites and blues, and luminescent stars. Looking at it, one can’t help but be drawn in, mesmerized by the...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
March 17, 2017


In 2000, I was living in a very small dorm room with a good friend of mine who happened to be a staunch Republican.  In the weeks leading up to the election, the atmosphere in our room was tense.  It probably didn’t help that I put a poster on my side of the room that said “When women vote, Democrats win.”  But that’s just a guess.  After the election, we were still on edge.  I can’t speak for my roommate, but I know that part of me wanted to talk about the election, to find out how on...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
March 10, 2017
Rabbi Janet Marder
Erev Shabbat Service - March 3, 2017
March 3, 2017

Once upon a time, a king sent his son upon an errand. He gave the boy a coin and an empty flask, saying, “Go to the shop of a certain merchant I esteem. Give him the coin and fill this flask with the rich and precious oil he will give you.” The boy set out with good intentions, but on the way he dropped the flask and broke it. Then he lost the coin.  He wandered around aimlessly for some time, then finally returned home, tired and embarrassed. The king gave him another coin and another flask. And this time...

Rabbi Erin Mason
February 24, 2017

There was once young shepherd boy who was very poor. One Rosh Hashana, as he tended his flock, he looked longingly at the villagers, dressed in their finest, on their way to shul to daven.

He so wanted to join them.

He looked down at his ragged clothing and thought, I cannot go to shul dressed like this! He looked at his bare feet, and was ashamed. He did not know how to read, and was hesitant to pick up a siddur.

But he felt pulled, and so he made his way to the synagogue with the villagers. He found...


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