Sermons

On Tisha B’Av – The 9th day of the Month of Av

by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Jewish life is the life of the mind – study is the very core of our continued existence since Rabbi …

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Some Thoughts on Passover

Yes, this night is different from all other nights. And that will probably be true for the immediate future. How do we deal with it? …

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Some Thoughts on Purim

by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Purim is usually celebrated with great frivolity – in fact, one of the commandments of the day is that when …

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A Chiddush (insight) for Chanukah

Chanukah 2019 by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor There are so many interesting challenges when considering the festival of Chanukah – the first is obvious: how …

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Choices

Yom Kippur 5780 A Sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Why are you here? What made you decide to spend this day in this place? …

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Looking at the Details

Kol Nidre 5780 A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Last December, in an effort to support our daughter’s desire to take up Pilades, my …

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Anti-Semitism: A Disease in Search of a Cure?

Rosh HaShana 5780 A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor As I was minding my own business last week, reading through updates on my FaceBook, …

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Civility

Erev Rosh HaShana 5780 Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor As a student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, I was offered the most sage …

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Hanukkah Sermon

Hanukkah Sermon 2018 Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Please click below to hear the sermon:      

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Yom Kippur Morning 5779 Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor My dear friend of three decades, Rabbi Harold Robinson the retired rabbi of Hyannis for many years, …

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Truth and Truthiness

Kol Nidre 5779 Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor When I was a kid, the newspaper would be delivered to the door of our apartment in the …

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Nationalism

Rosh HaShanah 5779 Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor The story of humanity begins with a singular human couple  – Adam (Adom from the earth) and Eve …

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