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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.



Donnovan Yisrael
July 7, 2017
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
June 30, 2017

Long ago, on the top of an otherwise disparate hill, lived two brothers. They were farmers who tilled the land they had inherited from their father. One was married with four children, while the other was single and lived alone. They lived in close proximity to each other, and together they worked the land, growing wheat. When harvest time arrived, they were blessed with a bountiful crop and split it equally before each piled up his grain for long-term storage. The unmarried brother thought to himself that God had blessed him with more than he needed, whereas his brother, who...

Rabbi Janet Marder
June 23, 2017

A warm summer night in the small rural town of Central Point, Virginia – July 11, 1958. The newlyweds were sleeping peacefully, unaware that they were about to make history. In the early hours of the morning the police, relying on an anonymous tip, burst into their bedroom. The couple pointed to their marriage license, framed and hanging on the wall, showing that they had been married the previous month in the District of Columbia. The police told them that their marriage was invalid in Virginia. Then they arrested Richard Loving, a white...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
June 9, 2017

After another news-filled week, I thought it might be nice to take a break from thinking and talking about American politics and instead focus on something less fraught: Israeli politics.  All kidding aside, this week marks a significant milestone: it is the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War.  To refresh all of our memories: Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1967, the nineteen-year old State of Israel was on the precipice of non-existence.   As author Yossi Klein Halevi describes it, “On May 16, 1967, President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt evicted United Nations peacekeeping forces along the Israeli border...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
June 2, 2017

Parashat Naso 5777

Six years ago, on the morning of May 15, I was ordained as a rabbi. And while that was indeed a momentous occasion, which I had been dreaming of and preparing for for many years, I hadn’t anticipated just how profound a day it would be. You see, while I was on the bimah receiving my s’michah, my rabbinic ordination, my wife Amy was entering into labor. So, after the ceremony, instead of joining my classmates for our celebratory luncheon, Amy and I headed to the hospital. About twelve hours later, our son Ilan was born. And...


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