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  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Time to Engage (May 18, 2024)

    What is your response to the anti-Israel protests on college campuses? Explaining that these demonstrations not only express distress at Israel’s response to Hamas, but reflect a surge of antisemitism, Rabbi Cosgrove urges all Jews to step up to combat Jew-hatred politically, legally, and philant...

  • 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.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Moral Clarity (October 14, 2023)

    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.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: To Save a Life (October 13, 2023)

    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.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Return or Renewal? (September 23, 2023)

    Is teshuvah, repentance, about return or renewal? Reflecting on his new “empty nester” status, Rabbi Cosgrove explains how renewal and return are both part of finding our best selves.

  • 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 Cosgrove: Missing Pieces (Rosh Hashanah Day 1, 2023)

    What did the late Rabbi Harold Kushner mean when he said, “We’re more complete if we’re incomplete”? Rabbi Cosgrove explores how we may understand loss and imperfections in our lives.

  • 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 ...

  • Rabbinic Intern Aiden Pink: There's Always a Choice (July 22, 2023)

    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.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: Can We Complain? A Group Discussion (June 24, 2023)

    When is it appropriate to complain? Exploring the Torah portion, Pirkei Avot, and other commentaries, Rabbi Zazumer leads a spirited discussion regarding the Jewish perspective on complaining.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: The Israelites and Rock & Roll (June 18, 2023)

    What do the Israelites, who feared exploring the Promised Land, and Bruce Springsteen have in common? Rabbi Zuckerman elaborates on this surprising, yet legitimate, connection is his latest sermon.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Be a Guest (June 10, 2023)

    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: Facing History (May 20, 2023)

    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.

    If you are thinking about harming yours...

  • 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 Cosgrove: To a Non-Zionist Gen Z-er (April 22, 2023)

    How should we respond to a non-Zionist Gen Z-er? Responding to a young person’s rejection of Zionism, Rabbi Cosgrove engages with the question in all its complexity.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Kashrut – a Path to Holiness (April 15, 2023)

    Enjoy the latest sermon from Rabbi Zuckerman, in which he reflects on the resiliency of the Jewish people and commitment to tradition, even during the most challenging times.

  • 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...

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: The Story of Us (April 1, 2023)

    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 Zuckerman: Reflections on Israel (March 25, 2023)

    Rabbi Zuckerman reflects on his trip to Israel.