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Rabbi Ain Sermon Rosh Hashanah Second Day 2020

Published on Oct 5, 2020

How Do We Listen with Integrity?Rosh Hashanah Day 2, September 20, 2020 Click here for a PDF of the sermon text. Earlier the summer I was speaking to a friend of mine who told me that she had to go to an appointment at a doctor’s office. In front of her was a person, who was speaking Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Rosh Hashanah First Day 2020

Published on Oct 5, 2020

What are the Important Questions We are Asking in 2020?Rosh Hashanah Day 1, September 19, 2020 Click here for a PDF of the sermon text. The High Holidays are upon us. On one hand, it has felt like the longest year ever and yet, I can’t believe it’s already September. What am I supposed to Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Erev Rosh Hashanah 2020

Published on Oct 5, 2020

Making Room for Ourselves and Others to GrowErev Rosh Hashanah, September 18, 2020 Click here for a PDF of the sermon text. I want to give you a glimpse into our apartment during quarantine. Picture a plant. A small plant-green leaves. Nothing fancy.  Now you should know, I grew up in a home where sadly, Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Kol Nidre Yom Kippur 2020

Published on Oct 5, 2020

Teshuva for the past, Education for the Future: An examination of the viruses of Anti Semitism and Racism Kol Nidrei Yom Kippur, September 27, 2020 Click here for a PDF of the sermon text. They were both outsiders in the starched white world of elite 1950s tennis, superb players but excluded from tournaments and clubs Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Yom Kippur Yizkor 2020

Published on Oct 5, 2020

Who sits beside us this year? A tribute to My grandmother, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and all of those we remember Yom Kippur Yizkor Sermon, September 28, 2020 Click here for a PDF of the sermon text. Don’t go to bed angry Use Vicks VapoRub to solve any medical ailment Watch How Read More

Rabbi Ain Sermon Vayigash 2020 Showing Our True Selves

Published on Jan 7, 2020

It is 2020 and I am asking myself, should I wear a kippah on the subway? Should I keep the clergy pass in the windshield of my car? Honesty, I am in a bit of shock and denial. Just last week I was on a cruise where hundreds of Jewish passengers were openly wearing Jewish Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Parashat Vayera 2019

Published on Nov 21, 2019

These are an intense for weeks for our patriarch, Abraham. Last week he had to get up, take his wife and nephew, and leave his home in order to follow God’s voice to a place that God will show him. Last week he tried to pass of Sarai as his sister and he experienced the Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Parashat Noah 2019

Published on Nov 4, 2019

Lawlessness and Lawfulness – Striving for the Best This is the line of Noah. Noah was a righteous man. He was blameless in his generation. The earth became corrupt before God and the earth was filled with lawlessness.  When God saw how corrupt the earth was, for all flesh had corrupted its ways on earth, Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon Parashat Bereshit 2019

Published on Nov 4, 2019

Bereshit 2019: Don’t Stand by the blood of your neighbor, again…. Dave and I were in a parking lot in Great Neck on Sunday, shopping for food for yontiv. (Yes, we drove to great neck for food)…but that’s not the point. As many of you know, it is a very Jewish area, so it isn’t Read More

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Rabbi Ain Sermon – Parashat Ki Tavo 2019

Published on Oct 3, 2019

Are the Jews a chosen people? This is one of the most difficult questions contained within our torah and our liturgy but it is not something that we should shy away from discussing. Not at all.  But not because we are so great, actually, because a conversation about chosenness forces us to look deeply at Read More