The Soviet author Vasily Grossman imagined a final letter from his mother before her death in the Berdichev Ghetto; he also continued writing to her after her death. Rabbi Cosgrove invites us to imagine the letters our loved ones might have written to us and what we would write ourselves.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: The Last Letter – October 17, 2022
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman: The Holiday About "Nothing" – October 15, 2022
Enjoy this most recent sermon from Rabbi Zuckerman, which he shared live before PAS this past Shabbat.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Kissinger on Moses – October 8, 2022
Drawing parallels between Moses and successful modern leaders, Rabbi Cosgrove finds that Moses exemplifies all the qualities of a great leader, especially the ultimate measure of success: that one’s values endure far beyond one’s own lifetime.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Postcards – October 5, 2022
The moment of Yizkor makes us aware of the finite and indefinite length of our lives. Rabbi Cosgrove encourages us not only to remember our debts to those who have gone before but also to recognize our responsibility to those who will follow us and will, in time, remember us.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: To Honor and Revere – October 5, 2022
While we hope for long life, we fear the inevitable losses of old age; most of all, we fear becoming irrelevant. Rabbi Cosgrove charges us with revering our elders, not only by caring for their physical and social needs, but above all, by maintaining their values in our own lives.
Rabbi Shayna Zauzmer: Lessons of Come From Away – October 1, 2022
On the closing weekend of the hit Broadway musical Come From Away, Rabbi Zauzmer discusses lessons we can learn from the true story about what it means to gather by necessity and to gather by choice.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Herzl and Me – September 26, 2022
In an imagined conversation with the founding father of Zionism, Rabbi Cosgrove assesses the accomplishments, the aspirations, and the complexities of the Jewish state and provides a charge for us all to create strong Jewish identities.
Rabbi Shayna Zauzmer: Honey Moments – September 25, 2022
Rabbi Zauzmer explores the meaning of honey on Rosh Hashanah and throughout the year.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: These Truths We Hold Dear – September 17, 2022
What stories do we tell ourselves? What elements do we choose to include – or exclude? In this service from Selichot, Rabbi Cosgrove explores the role we play in constructing our narratives, our history, and ultimately, our truth.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Lost and Found – September 10, 2022
Rabbi Cosgrove suggests that while the Torah lists detailed rules for returning lost property, the deeper meaning of this concern may be about repairing lost relationships and restoring our souls.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Keeping Pace – June 11, 2022
Graduation season reminds us that time moves forward inexorably. Rabbi Cosgrove teaches that even though it is human nature to resist change, we live best when we move forward with openness to becoming our best selves in whatever circumstances the future brings.
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove: Rights and Obligations – June 4, 2022
The story of Ruth, read on Shavuot, demonstrates the value of putting others’ needs above our own. Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us that our Jewish tradition teaches that we are not free to do whatever we please, but that living in society requires us to accept limits on our freedom.