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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
December 14, 2018


** Many thanks to Rabbi Jen Gubitz of Temple Israel in Boston for sharing with me the sermon she wrote after her trip on Honeymoon Israel.  I’ve used, with her permission, parts of that sermon here ** 

One of the largest winter storms in recent history smashed into Israel last weekend.  The Ayalon interchange - one of Israel’s main arteries was closed for nearly five hours.  Flooding caused the traffic lights to fail in the Azrielei Junction causing mass chaos in the roads of Tel Aviv.   In Rehovot, just south of Tel Aviv, 50 kindergarteners needed to...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
December 7, 2018

In a certain town not long ago, there lived a family with two children, Miriam and little Sarah. They were a loving family. They had nearly everything that they could need or want, and they lived a happy life.


One year, just before Hanukkah, the parents called their children together and gave each of them some money. "We have a wonderful surprise for you," their mother...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
November 30, 2018

My two and a half year-old son has just recently made an important discovery: he has just realized that some stores have a toy aisle.  So now, whenever we go to any store, whether it’s the drugstore or the grocery store, he says, “Can we go see the toys?” or, when he’s feeling particularly bold, “Can we go see the toys so I can get a new one?”  Two and a half, and my son is already entering the wonderful world of materialism, of always wanting more stuff.  At least he has good timing.

We just celebrated Thanksgiving, where many...

Rabbi Janet Marder
November 23, 2018
Thursday, November 8th. As dawn broke over the western slope of the Sierras, gale force winds whipped through the canyons. In his station bunk, Captain Matt McKenzie of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awoke to the sound of pine needles pelting the roof. At 6:15 a.m., a PG & E high-voltage line near the Poe Dam generating station six miles away malfunctioned. A report of fire came at 6:29 a.m. By 7:06 the fire had exploded to 20 acres. Fed by dry grass and fierce winds, it advanced at incredible speed, consuming eight football fields a minute...
Rabbi Rachel Adler
November 16, 2018

Jewish tradition is often compared to a vast conversation among many voices. Our Bible is not a single book by a single author, but an assortment of texts in different genres by different schools of authors.  Talmud and Midrash are not like Western books where the voice of a single author determines the perspective. Instead diverse voices present a mosaic of legal debates, case law, stories, philosophies, proverbs, and prayers.  Even codes and responsa, philosophies and theologies, which do have a single authorial voice, are contributions to communal discourses among passionately interested parties.  Yet almost always the voices have been...


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