Clergy Sermons

At Central Synagogue

Sermons from November 2016

Maurice A. Salth
Parashat Chayei Sarah

Maurice A. Salth  |  November 25, 2016

Ari S. Lorge
Parashat Vayeira

Ari S. Lorge  |  November 18, 2016

Because we know these are not lone cases. We know from all the research and all the anecdotes that there are men walking around who think their hands are clean when they are not. Who feel that a sexual encounter between a 19-year-old freshman in college and a 14 or 13-year-old is just teenagers being teenagers. Those who feel that because they perceive a flirtation they are allowed to attempt to force a woman to kiss them. Those who feel they can touch a woman anywhere until she says no rather than ask for consent. Those who feel that because a woman said yes once that their consent has no expiration date. Those who feel that when a woman says she is not interested in them it is code for wanting to be pursued more doggedly. Those who feel that because of their wealth or status or power they can treat women however they please. The fact that they believe themselves to be innocent of mind does not make their hands clean.

Rabbi Rebecca  Rosenthal
America: Illuminated and on Fire (Parashat Lech L’cha)

Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal  |  November 11, 2016

We each need to ask ourselves, how can we hold the same America as both a luminous country and a country on fire? Who can reconcile these two visions? How will we bridge the gap?

Stephanie D. Kolin
Parashat Noach

Stephanie D. Kolin  |  November 4, 2016

The past many months for our country have been very painful. No matter who you are voting for, or rooting for, we have witnessed waves of hatred and deep discord. What happens on November 8th is, of course, critically important. But perhaps more so, is what happens on November 9th.