Rabbis' Sermons

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September 10, 2016
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove


Generally speaking, Jewish sources are a decidedly mixed bag when it comes to the question of free speech. You don’t need to look further than the recommended punishment for the sin of false prophecy in this morning’s Torah reading – death by strangulation – to realize that the First...

June 11, 2016
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove


As I woke up this past Tuesday to the news in Israel, I was reminded of the rabbinic legend explaining the origins of Rosh Hodesh, the Jewish observance of a new month. Tuesday was Rosh Hodesh, the first day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and Lesley Sachs, the Executive Director of Women of the...

June 04, 2016
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove


Of all the unexpected bedfellows of biblical verse, perhaps the most surprising is the close proximity between the commandment to “love your neighbor,” and the obligation to “rebuke your kinsman.” In a small cluster of verses at the heart of what is called “the Holiness Code,”...