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Rabbi Schulman's Sermons

We have posted all of Rabbi Schulman's High Holy Days sermons from the past seven years. Please click the word "Sermons" in the "Search By Tags" section below to view them. 

February 14, 2020

We Jews refer to ourselves as the People of the Book. The Torah is our foundational text in which God reveals to the Jewish people a path by which we sanctify life. 

Our tradition proclaims that there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah. Among them are the 10 Commandments...

February 7, 2020

Here is a multiple choice question to consider: In what locale do you feel closest to Nature? Is it by the ocean? In a forest? On a mountain? In the desert? Or is it somewhere else?

Obviously there is no right or wrong answer to this question. 

I...

January 31, 2020

This past Tuesday, President Trump unveiled what he described as the “Deal of the Century,” outlining a roadmap for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  

The plan itself is 181 pages

A summary of its key point explanations is here.

Not surprisingly, Trump’s...

January 24, 2020

I’m accustomed to singing in English or Hebrew. But it wasn’t until I participated in last year’s Interfaith Harmony Day that I sang in Arabic. It was an uplifting experience to literally be in harmony with people whose faith traditions are different than mine.

For...

January 17, 2020

The name of the second book of the Torah is easily recognizable. The book of Exodus takes its name from the Greek word meaning "to go out." This title makes sense since the Israelites exiting Egypt, the House of Bondage, constitutes the major theme of the book.

B...

January 10, 2020

You will not hear a sermon from me about the impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump. The impeachment is such a charged topic that I far prefer the give and take of a learning environment to the more tranquil setting of a Shabbat service.

This coming Wednesday...

January 3, 2020

Spiritual inspiration can be found in many places. Sometimes the best moments come unexpectedly.  Such is the case when I watched the Netflix movie, The Two Popes.

The film is based on historical fact. In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned his papacy, somethin...

December 27, 2019

Everyone knows that the central mitzvah for Chanukah is to light a candle for each of the eight nights of the festival. Many Jews have sentimental feelings about the Chanukah menorah (chanukiah) we use to hold our candles. 

Perhaps yours is a family heirloom that h...

December 20, 2019

Did you know that there once was a debate about how many candles you should light each night of Chanukah? The Talmud records an argument between two famous rabbis - Hillel and Shammai. They disagreed about a lot of things, including whether you should add or subtract a...

December 13, 2019

This past Tuesday night I received an email from a congregant expressing concern about an Executive Order about to be signed by President Trump that purportedly would define American Jews as a nation. The purpose of the EO was to withhold federal funds from colleges wh...

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