Here is my sermon from this past Friday night. The Light of Chanukah!
Tonight we will light both Chanukah lights and Shabbat lights. One we can use and one we cannot. According to the Talmud-the Shabbat lights can be used. You can read by the light of the Shabbat tapers! But Chanukah lights you can not use. No reading by the light of the menorah. The light of…Read more »
Chanukah is anything but a child’s holiday. Oh we have made it into a time for children with presents, and dreidles and silly Chanukah songs. But this is a holiday that commemorates the conclusion of a brutal war. The Syrian-Greek army against the priestly family and descendants of Mattethias who defended the rights of the…Read more »
For the second night of Chanukah we should think about the idea of “pirsum et haMitzvah” The commandment to publicize or promote the the lighting of the chanukiah. Our rabbinic ancestors thought we should place our chanukiah in the window to show and share the light of Chanukah! Of course there were times in our…Read more »
I want to wish each of you a light filled Chanukah. I hope you will extend your inner light to someone else this year. A smile, a helping hand, a listening ear, a gift of tzedakah for those in need. I hope you will be inspired by the story of Chanukah with the courage of…Read more »
Don’t forget tonight is the fourth candle! Celebrate with me and Kol Ami at Hollywood & Highland in the main courtyard-Calypso Shabbat Chanukah! It will be an amazing Shabbat Chanukah experience. We begin the festivities at 6 pm…. Hollywood & Highland is at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Afterwards dinner at BOHO!
Parshat Mikketz Genesis 41:1-44:17 This week’s Torah Portion Mikketz continues the story of Joseph now in Egypt. This week Joseph rises from the depth of prison to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream and ends up the Viceroy of all of Egypt! This is true rocket power! Joseph a foreign slave catapults himself to be the #2…Read more »
Tonight we will light the first light of Chanukah. What is the light of Chanukah? Is it merely the reminder of the oil that wasn’t supposed to last but did? Is it the light of the miracle of the small band of Macabees beating the greatest army in the world? Is this first light the…Read more »
Tonight is the first night of Chanukah. How will you bring light to this dark Kislev night? The first light of Chanukah ignites more than just a flame. It is illumination in dark corners. It brings the light of creation, of holiness and God into a previously empty setting. Just like before God started to…Read more »