Rabbi Groffman’s High Holy Day Sermons 5778

High Holy Day Sermons 5778 Control and Lack of Control Erev Rosh Hashanah September 20, 2017 Rabbi Laurence W. Groffman Temple Sholom of West Essex Charlottesville Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5778 September 21, 2017 Rabbi Laurence W. Groffman Respecting Differences Yom Kippur Sermon September 30, 2017 Rabbi Laurence W. Groffman Temple Sholom of West Essex … [Read more...]

CONTROL AND LACK OF CONTROL

Rabbi Laurence W. Groffman Erev Rosh Hashanah September 20, 2017 Temple Sholom of West Essex       When I was a kid, I used to love pushing the buttons on the elevator. I remember how thrilled I would be to push the buttons on the elevator in my my grandparents building in Florida. I can still remember how the elevator call button lit up and how exciting it … [Read more...]

Do I Have To Believe In God To Be A Good Jew?

From: Yom Kippur Traditional Morning Service 5777/2016 Once upon a time, there was a great rabbinic sage who came home to find his nine year old daughter sobbing uncontrollably. He asked her what was the matter, and she explained that she had been playing hide and seek with her friends. When it was her turn to hide, she hid so well, that after a while, her friends gave up … [Read more...]

Hearing The Cry of the Other

From: Kol Nidre 5777/2016   Why is this night different from all other nights? It is not the food we eat, of course. It’s not even the prayers we say or the rituals we perform. It’s not the larger-than-usual crowd. It’s that haunting melody of Kol Nidre.   In fact, the scholars tell us that’s the only reason we still chant this prayer at all. The … [Read more...]

Living with Brokenness

From Rosh HaShanah Traditional Morning Service : Living With Brokenness You may be familiar with the Mel Brooks movie “History of the World.” One of the scenes famously depicts Moses bringing God’s commandments to the Israelite people. Holding three tablets, Moses proclaims “The Lord, the Lord Jehova, gives you these 15”--at which point, one of the tablets falls from his … [Read more...]