Rabbi Cosgrove: Coping and Hoping (November 11, 2023)
How do we move forward after a grievous loss? Recognizing that we have passed sh’loshim, thirty days since the horrendous attacks of October 7, Rabbi Cosgrove turns to our founding father Abraham’s family for a model of how even deeply estranged siblings can work toward a common future.
Rabbi Cosgrove: The Great Awakening (October 28, 2023)
Antisemitism? Here? Now? Rabbi Cosgrove teaches that the aftermath of October 7 has revealed not only verbal and physical attacks, but a “higher antisemitism” – a societal attitude that Jewish lives don’t matter.
Rabbi Zauzmer: The Courage to Speak Up (October 27, 2023)
During this time of heightened antisemitism and anti-Zionism, Rabbi Zauzmer shares her frustration toward what's going on at college campuses, especially her alma mater, UPenn. She discusses what the young people at PAS are doing to speak up, and implores everyone to follow their example.
Is there any justification for murder? Rabbi Cosgrove teaches that wanton killing and torture are pure evil. He calls for us to support the ADL, to condemn the acts of Hamas as terrorism and to insist that the thought leaders in our communities do the same.
Following the terrorist rampage in Israel last week, the eyes of history are upon us. Rabbi Cosgrove calls on us to support Israel with dollars to meet the urgent needs of the moment and for the sake of pikuach nefesh, saving lives, to make donations even on Shabbat.
What ChatGPT Teaches Us About Living with a Whole Heart (RH Day 1, 2023)
Some think artificial intelligence will drastically improve our world, and some think it will destroy us, but it's up to us to figure out how to live in a world with AI. Rabbi Zauzmer explores Jewish perspectives on AI and encourages us to strengthen the muscles which make us human, not machine –...
Rabbi Zuckerman: The Spiritual Alarm (September 9, 2023)
From Biblical times to Maimonides and Theodor Herzl, the Jewish people have always been called on to "wake up" and take action. In anticipation of the High Holidays and Days of Awe, Rabbi Zuckerman calls on us to reflect on our individual choices, so that we may effect change in the world around ...
The power and responsibility of free will is the subject of the recent Torah portion, D'varim - and of the new Mission: Impossible movie. Rabbinic Intern Aiden Pink ties them together in his first sermon at Park Avenue Synagogue.
Are you a good guest? Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us that being a good guest is not only about how we behave at our friends’ homes, but also how we move through the world, recognizing that we are passing through and that we owe courtesy to others and care to the earth.
Rabbi Cosgrove: A Father's Blessing (June 3, 2023)
What’s in a blessing? Reflecting on his own Friday night childhood blessings and the imminent high school graduation of his youngest son, Rabbi Cosgrove teaches us the value of every moment and every person.
Rabbi Zuckerman: Where Do We Find God Today? (May 27, 2023)
On Shavuot, we celebrate the moment God spoke directly to us, delivering the first ten commandments. Was that the last time God communicated with us? Rabbi Zuckerman reveals how God, and those who are no longer with us, speak to us in modern times.
Rabbi Cosgrove discusses his recent White House visit to represent our community to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month. While he met many notables at an evening event, he was also present to hear President Biden’s inspiring message about moral behavior in our times as well as his strong response to ...
Rabbi Cosgrove: Teens – A Mental Health Emergency (May 15, 2023)
Our country and our community are seeing an unprecedented mental health crisis among our youth. Rabbi Cosgrove counsels that every one of us has a role in making the young people in our lives feel seen while helping them find their way to mental stability.
Rabbi Cosgrove: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself (April 29, 2023)
What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Exploring the central verse of the Torah, Rabbi Cosgrove shares an unexpected interpretation that teaches us how to repair relationships and make ourselves whole.
Rabbi Zauzmer: What Do Dry Bones Have To Do With Passover? (April 8, 2023)
Every year on the Shabbat during Passover, we read a selection from the Book of Ezekiel about dry bones, and commentators have long struggled to understand the connection to the holiday. Rabbi Zauzmer conducts a deep dive into the text and adds her own hypothesis as to whose bones are referred to...
The Haggadah gives us the opportunity to overlay our own stories onto the shared template of our people’s foundational narrative. Rabbi Cosgrove urges us to open our seders to challenging questions and to accept conflicting answers, understanding that there can be unity with diversity.
Rabbi Cosgrove: Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream (March 4, 2023)
Purim is not simply playful, and the Megillah is not all merry. Rabbi Cosgrove uncovers the dark side of the tale of Esther and how the story has been turned around to justify violent acts. At this fraught time, we pray for a peaceful Purim.