Selected Sermons Delivered at Temple Sinai and other congregations
Delivered at Temple Sinai on Yom Kippur 5778/2017. When deeply disturbing trends lurch into the foreground of our society, or when we experience parts of ourselves or loved ones we find abhorrent, how do we leave room for the potential of t'shuva - radical return to balance?
Delivered at Adas Israel in Washington D.C. on April 28, 2017. How do we keep ourselves fighting for climate justice when the odds of success are bleak? What spiritual tools and inner resources can we call on?
Published in Temple Sinai's Kolot magazine in spring 2017. How can the spring holiday cycle help us navigate troubling political and social times?
Delivered on Friday November 4, 2016. How is the musical Hamilton also the midrash we need to hear about American history today?
Delivered on Yom Kippur 5777/2016. How do we live whole-hearted, resilient, spirited lives when we know we are mortal and everyone we love is too? How canseeking justice and connecting with others add meaning to our days?
Delivered on Rosh Hashanah 5777/2016. Drawing inspiration from Jewish summer camp, design thinking, the Talmud, and a great pair of binoculars, this sermon is about the importance of seeking multiple perspectives as a life affirming practice and a prerequisite for teshuva.
In March of 2016, Temple Sinai hosted Climate Café, a joint program of Brookline Climate Week and Tzedek@Sinai. Rabbi Shoshana shared her personal story of getting involved in the climate movement.
This d'var Torah on parashat Chaye Sarah was published in the Jewish Advocate in November, 2015. Chaye Sarah asks us to consider how we communicate with those who are different from us, and how we listen towards a more compassionate world.
Rabbi Shoshana was installed officially at Temple Sinai on October 23, 2015. Read her remarks here on Parashat Lech Lecha and joining the Sinai community.
Delivered on Rosh Hashanah, 5776/September 2015. What does it mean to be rational people of faith? How can myths and the stories we tell about ourselveshelp us live moremeaningful and resilient lives?
On Psalm 27 and the High Holiday season, delivered at Temple Sinai in August, 2015. How can our very distance from our true selves and from God inspire the love and connection we seek?
On Parashat V'Etchanan, delivered at Temple Sinai in July, 2015. What does it mean to love God with all our heart?
On Tu Bishvat and Parashat Yitro, delivered at Temple Sinai in February, 2015. We call the Torah a Tree of Life, but what Torah can we learn from living trees?
Sermons delivered in other communities
On Parashat Ki Tissa, delivered at Nehar Shalom in 2014. What can we learn about intimacy and vulnerability from Moses seeing God face to face?
On Parashat B'Shalach, delivered at Nehar Shalom in 2014. How can the moment before crossing the sea help us slow down and notice the slow process of daily redemption?
On Parashat Chayei Sarah, delivered at B'nai Or in 2010. How does a close reading of the stories of matriarchs Sarah and Rebecca shed light on our own struggle to balance grief and joy, endings and beginnings?
NIGHT OF HIDDEN MIRACLES
On Parashat Vayetze, delivered at Nehar Shalom in 2014. What do Jacob and Hannukah teach us about awareness and gratitude?
On Parashat B'har, delivered at Nehar Shalom in 2014. How can we understand the power of the Shmita/Sabbatical year today?
We are so often confused or bored by the details of the book of Leviticus, but this rich text offers us many treasures, including a poignant land ethic relevant for our time of ecological crisis.