Sermons

A Chiddush (insight) for Chanukah

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

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D’var Torah on Haazinu

Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket September 17, 2021 Ed Paine, Ed Pease, Mike Scarpiello wrote a song in 1977, made famous by …

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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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This Ain’t Our First Rodeo

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Erev Rosh Hashana, 5782 Congregation Shirat HaYam, Nantucket On March 12, 2020, I drove to Tarrytown, New York, …

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Some Thoughts on Purim 2021

Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor As we find ourselves almost a year since the initial shut-down precipitated by Covid-19, it is interesting that we have lived …

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Yom Kippur Morning 5781 / 2020 – The Death of Truth

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor Take a minute and imagine the scene: The Children of Israel, after a forty-year journey through the desert, …

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Kol Nidre 5781 / 2020 – Strangers Among Us

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor No fewer than 36 times in the Hebrew Bible are we exhorted to pay attention to the treatment …

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Rosh HaShana Morning 5781 / 2020 – Sacrificing Our Children

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Brettton-Granatoor For the past forty years, I have read this same Torah portion on the first day of Rosh …

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Erev Rosh HaShana 5781 / 2020 – Innovation Will Save Us

A sermon by Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor While there may be people sitting in the congregation this evening, the majority of you are sitting in …

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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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