Yom Kippur Sermon 5780: Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Yom Kippur Sermon 5780: Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Written by Rabbi Robin Sparr and Jo Rothman. Delivered by Rabbi Robin Sparr. Shana tova and g’mar tov. Many of us are at the beginning of a long and hungry day, and while we strive to keep our thoughts focused on teshuva, return, and renewal, a little part of us may at times drift towards the clock, counting the hours until we can eat. For some of us, a day without food is a once-a-year affair, and we associate it with this Day of Atonement and fasting. But for many people both within and outside of our community, hunger is a familiar thing,...
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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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Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5780: Welcoming the Stranger

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5780: Welcoming the Stranger

Written by Rabbi Robin Sparr and Jo Rothman. Delivered by Rabbi Robin Sparr. Throughout the Torah, beginning in Genesis, we find stories of migration. Adam and Eve, the very first couple, are cast out from the Garden of Eden; their son, Cain, after murdering his brother, is compelled to wander the earth. Fast forward twenty generations, and we meet Abraham, whose wanderings begin with a call from the Divine to leave everything he’s ever known behind and go to a new place. Throughout his life, he meanders all over the Middle East, sometimes at God’s command, sometimes in search of water....
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