Kol Nidre Sermon 5780: Revealing Our Integrated, Authentic Selves

Kol Nidre Sermon 5780: Revealing Our Integrated, Authentic Selves

By Rabbi Robin Sparr. When I first came to TEMV, a member mentioned she felt a sermon was only successful if it gave her something to think about, and something to do. Throughout these High Holy Days, I’ve made sure to include a specific call to action in each sermon. I thank the many of you who signed postcards addressed to the Speaker of the House last week regarding our country’s immigration policies; if you did not have an opportunity to do so, there are still additional postcards at the sign-in table, and I would be happy to post them for...
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Sin, Atonement, and Forgiveness: Kol Nidre 5777 Sermon

Sin, Atonement, and Forgiveness: Kol Nidre 5777 Sermon

Rabbi Robin S. Sparr: Gutt yontif. Last year in this slot, I talked about forgiveness, and how difficult it can be to forgive in a genuine and healing way. This year, I’d like to take a step back, look before forgiveness, and to focus instead on the idea of SIN. What is a sin? What does the word really mean? The dictionary defines sin as “an offense against God, religion, or good morals.” But somehow, the word “sin” makes many of us uncomfortable. We may bristle, or cower, at the word “sin.” It feels like an old fashioned word, a descriptor for truly...
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