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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. 

March 13, 2020

I thought I knew our Reform prayer book pretty well. After all, we have been using Mishkan T’filah at Temple for over ten years.

Imagine my surprise when a member asked me if, before lighting the Shabbat candles, she could offer a reading on page 126 that states, “I beg...

March 6, 2020

There is understandably a lot of apprehension about the outbreak of the coronavirus. By keeping ourselves updated from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control, each individual and household can determine what precautions are warranted. 

As a communi...

February 28, 2020

The hills are alive with the sound of Purim. 

As I have said many times, at Temple Beth Torah, Purim is not a festival that lasts one day. Purim is a season that is celebrated on multiple occasions in many different ways.

Last Sunday, adults and kids enjoyed baking haman...

February 21, 2020

For as long as I can remember, voting in California’s primary was largely a meaningless activity. By the time we could vote in June, the nominees of the major parties for POTUS had already been determined.

However, this year is different. The primary is March 3; less th...

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...

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