• Shabbat HaGadol 5777

    Rabbi David Steinhardt April 8, 2017 Shabbat Shalom I don’t know about you, but often I think that “the older I get, the more I don’t know.” Now, that might be a function of experience and the realization that the world is really more complex then I had ever thought.

  • Between Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut; do we have a place?

    My friend Donniel Hartman refers to this time on the calendar as the contemporary High Holy Days. Yom HaShoah has a profound impact on contemporary Israel, the psyche of the Jewish people and certainly its politics. In a few days the Jewish world will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day,

  • Parshat Vayakhel 5777

    Parsha Vayakhel 5777 Rabbi David Steinhardt March 25, 2017 Shabbat Shalom I know what you’re all thinking…I wonder if Rabbi is even able to give a sermon! He must be quite rusty! It has been quite a season for us as I have invited some of the most significant thinkers

  • Parshat Bo 5777

    Rabbi David Steinhardt February 4, 2017 Shabbat Shalom Several years ago, shortly after President Barack Obama was elected, he acted on something which many people, including himself, considered to be mistaken. President Obama appeared at a news conference and he said “I am sorry, I made a mistake.” The following

  • Parshat Miketz 5777

    Shabbat Shalom I did a funeral this week. And as I sat with the family before the funeral getting information about her life and the relationships with her mother and her husband, her daughters and sons-in-law, and her grandchildren and great children a lovely picture emerged. It was a picture

  • Parshat Vayeshev – Erev Hanukkah

    Shabbat Shalom Intro: (Last week I told you that I had a lovely story to share and then was taken off track…and so I spoke about the meaning of being a peacemaker in the Jewish tradition. I’m going to save the story another week…Perhaps it’ll work better on the last

  • Parsha Vayishlach 5777

    Shabbat Shalom I was going to do the most innocuous warm feeling sermon today. I had found a story that I will share with you…but not now. No, I will share with you in the not too distant future. I will tell you that my computer is a pain in

  • Parsha Toldot 5777

    Shabbat Shalom. My words today are inspired by the work of our friend and member, Andy Stark. Andy is also good friend of our Bar Mitzvah, Sammy. Andy did a magnificent needlepoint tallit bag for Sammy, and Sammy can show you, but there is something more than the labor of

  • Parshat Veira 5777

    You know what I’ve heard…and read? I heard there are people who will not be able to sit down with family members this Thanksgiving because they so disagreed on the election. I’ve heard there are families that are so divided that they won’t come together. How sad – I hope

  • Parshat Noah 5777

    Shabbat Shalom Over the years we have found the Torah to be most inspirational when we are able to see ourselves in the text. I have often spoken to you about this. I love it when kids like Deborah give speeches at their B’nai Mitzvot and they relate the text

  • Parshat Breishit 5777

    Shabbat Shalom.   When I was growing up, my mother was the only mother amongst my group of Jewish friends who worked. As a young child, it felt a little embarrassing to me. These were the late 50s. This was the age of “Father Knows Best”, “Leave it to Beaver”,

  • Kol Nidre Sermon 5777

    Good Evening, There’s a story from Eastern Europe. It’s about a coachman driving a rebbe somewhere. They are driving down a long road between two towns and alongside the road is an orchard. The coachman sees luscious fruits hanging from the trees, and so he stops the carriage. He gets

  • Yom Kippur Yizkor 5777

    Good afternoon, good Yom Tov.   After all these years together I have learned that this time between me as your rabbi and you as a congregation, this time, Yizkor on Yom Kippur, is the most important moment that we have together. I know that our individual interactions are really

  • Rosh Hashanah Day I 5777

    Rosh Hashanah Day I – 5777 Shanah Tovah…many of you, if not all of you know that I am here just a few days after the passing of my mother. She died Wednesday and we buried her next to my Dad in Connecticut on Thursday. I had a very short

  • Parshat Shoftim 5777

    Shabbat Shalom.   I was inspired today by MY old friend Jack Reimer who wrote a sermon, “What Should We Wish for our New President.”   Aside: I call Jack an “old friend” not because he’s old or I want to make him feel old…but because he has been a

  • Parsha Ekev 5776

    Shabbat Shalom. (I want to attribute Rabbi Morris Adler zt”l, Dr. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and Rav Kook zt”l, all of whose writings are reflected in this sermon.) After thirty plus years in the rabbinate, I’m challenged by the fact that I don’t want to repeat myself. I’m not one of

  • Parashat Devarim 5776

    Shabbat Shalom It’s not uncommon – in fact it is quite common – for homes to have lots of open spaces. More often than not, the kitchen and the family room flow one into the next. Sometimes entire family spaces are just one large open area. It wasn’t always that

  • Parshat Balak 5776

    Shabbat Shalom. Try your vegetables! That’s what our mothers used to say. And if your Mom was like mine, she would continue with the following: “You don’t have to eat them all, just try them. You, in fact, might like them.” And then she taught me something, without realizing she

  • Shavuot Yizkor 5776

    Good Yom Tov. Let me share a story which was a source of embarrassment for me, but also a great lesson. And the way I understood the moment back then is very different from the way I understand it today. Let me tell you about the moment. I had my

  • Parsha Naso 5776

    Shabbat Shalom So what can I possibly speak about? You know as well as I do that there are Shabbatot when there is a world of Torah, and world events, that provide all sorts of options. And you know, as I do, that there are Shabbatot when it is difficult