How can I love my neighbor?

Sermon at Unitarian Universalist Church in Redwood City

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Beshallach – Jumping In and Journeying Toward Freedom

(based on Conservative Yeshiva drash by Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein)

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Va’era – Seeing and Creating Miracles

Looking in the files I have for this Torah portion, I found a piece written by my predecessor, Rabbi David Teitelbaum. Rabbi Teitelbaum notes that […]

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Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon

An “Us” Without a “Them”

If CBJ is not already your safe place, make it so. We are here for you. We are your community. We are your “Us”.

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The Power of Wilderness

Why was Torah given in the wilderness? Amazing things happen in the wilderness. It is a place where awe, openness, heat, thirst, beauty, vast emptiness, soaring cliffs, discomfort, mystery and magic all fuse together.

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Hope Amidst Despair

What are the great contributions that Judaism has provided to Western civilization? Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gave an answer that might surprise you: hope.

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Making Holidays Special by Motivating Compassion

Why is there a rule to leave the corners of the field – peah, and the gleanings – leket amidst the detailed rules for celebrating Shabbat and festivals? They are relevant commandments for right now that allow hungry kids and families to thrive.

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Finding Peace in Troubled Times

How can we achieve peace in a world so full of violence and hatred? We start in our own homes and communities. We disagree with respect.

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Cultivating Creativity

Each of us has a heart that moves us and can create glorious new worlds. Let’s reclaim that creative part of ourselves.

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Lifting Up Aspirational Memories

We live in a time when vilifying and dehumanizing those who are different, or depicted as our enemy, is rampant. The Midrash of remembering the humanity of the Egyptians who suffered is a piece of our collective memory that we must hold onto.

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