Sermons

Yom Kippur Morning 5783: Anti Semitism on Campus

College used to be a place for academic inquiry, social and physical exploration, recreation and maturation, and sometimes political activism.

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Kol Nidre 5783: Spending Time

Imagine, if you will, that every morning when you woke up some anonymous donor placed $86,400 in a bank account for you to spend any way you wished – with one proviso: any dollar not spent would disappear at the end of 24 hours — no money could be saved. 

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Rosh HaShana morning 5783

The Dubner Maggid told the story of a king who had a large and glorious kingdom – but his most prized possession was a large and glorious diamond.

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Erev Rosh HaShana 5783

As never before, our United States democracy is being threatened. And it is being threatened by attacks on one of the most basic rights that sustains a democracy: the right to vote, and the integrity of that vote.

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The High Holy Days

By Herschel Allerhand Vaclav Havel (writer, dissident and statesman) was not Jewish, but his views regarding life mirror those of our Sages and make a …

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Tisha B’av

By Herschel Allerhand Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year, will be observed on Sunday, August 7th, 2022. Actually, Tisha B’Av, the ninth …

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Shavuot

By Herschel Allerhand, typed by Mary Ann Easley, edited by Elizabeth Coffin

Shavuot is the second of the pilgrimage holidays (falling between Passover and Succot).

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A Chiddush (insight) for Chanukah

By Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor

There are so many interesting challenges when considering the festival of Chanukah – the first is obvious: how do we spell it? 

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D’var Torah on Haazinu

By Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor

Ed Paine, Ed Pease, Mike Scarpiello wrote a song in 1977, made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1982 “music speaks louder than words, it’s the only thing the whole world listens to, music speaks louder than words, when you sing people understand”

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I Don’t Want To Talk About Antisemitism … But I have To

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Yom Kippur 5782 Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket The oldest hatred rears its ugly head again.  How I wish …

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Putting Off What Needs to be Done

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Kol Nidre 5782 Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket I am almost always behind the eight ball. Behind the eight …

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The Politics of Necessity

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Rosh Hashana 5782 Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket Imagine if you will – I know that this might be …

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