Sermons

July 13, 2001 – Excerpts from Rabbi Charles Sherman’s D’var Torah

Excerpts from Rabbi Charles Sherman’s D’var Torah,  Friday evening, July 13, 2001 I’ve just begun my 26th year of serving you. I still remember our first Holydays together. There was a sanctuary full of 800 or 850 people, most of … Read more


August 25, 2001 – Tzadik, Tzedakah, and Tzedek

Rabbi Charles P. Sherman Grant Plost Bar Mitzvah August 25, 2001 Tzadik, Tzedakah, and Tzedek A perceptive writer once observed: “Since the days of Moses, justice speaks with a Hebrew accent.” Preoccupation with justice has been the Jew’s magnificent obsession. … Read more


September 8, 2001 – Old Clothes and Renewed Faith

Sermon, September 8, 2001 Old Clothes and Renewed Faith You are well aware that there are differences in customs from synagogue to synagogue. For many years, the clergy here at Temple Israel have worn robes and stoles or tallitot on … Read more


D’var Torah – September 14, 2001

D’var Torah — September 14, 2001 People argue about the details of the Torah’s message. But this week’s portion says it all. “I set before you life and death, therefore choose life.” The Torah was given to a pagan world … Read more


September 14, 2001 – A Yiddisha Kop

Sermon, September 14, 2001 A Yiddisha Kop A rabbi preparing his Holyday messages cannot help but review the year coming to an end with a particular eye toward Jewish news. The news from the Middle East for most of this … Read more


September 21, 2001 – A Basic Jewish Vocabulary for 5762

Shabbat Shuvah Sermon, September 21, 2001 A Basic Jewish Vocabulary for 5762 I doubt that many of us are aware of how many Hebrew words have become a standard part of the English language. Some are well-known and well-used – … Read more


October 6, 2001 – The Puritans Didn’t Really Get It

Rabbi Charles P. Sherman Brad Dunitz Bar Mitzvah October 6, 2001 The Puritans Didn’t Really Get It While the High Holydays are over, it is always appropriate in Judaism to confess our missed marks, our sins. I fear that I’ve … Read more


October 12, 2001 – By Reason of Strength, Four Score Years

Rabbi Charles Sherman Cantor Sebran’s 80th Birthday Celebration October 12, 2001 By Reason of Strength, Four Score Years In September of 1987, we had a truly beautiful Shabbat service in honor of Harry Sebran becoming our Cantor Emeritus. Many of … Read more


October 19, 2001 – Raising Our Eyes to the Rainbow

Rabbi Charles P. Sherman October 19, 2001 Raising Our Eyes to the Rainbow Let me share with you just four incidences which have occurred here recently. Before Rosh Hashanah, a congregant called to inquire about the extent of the security … Read more


November 16, 2001 – The Virtue of Volunteering

Rabbi Charles P. Sherman Social Justice Shabbat November 16, 2001 The Virtue of Volunteering Frankly, friends, I do not know exactly why 2001 has been designated as “The Year of the Volunteer.” It seems to me that in Judaism every … Read more