Introducing Geshem, the ancient prayer for rain, Rabbi Cosgrove suggests that we pray for abundant rain not to sustain crops, but to wash out the crowded outdoor holiday gatherings that jeopardize public health and cast shame on the Jewish community.
October 10, 2020
Occasion(s) / Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah
October 10, 2020
Occasion(s) / Shemini Atzeret, Yizkor
Rabbi Cosgrove encourages us to appreciate Yizkor of Shemini Atzeret as a moment to linger with our memories of loved ones and to find guidance for stepping into the new year inspired by their values.
September 28, 2020
Occasion(s) / Yom Kippur, Yizkor
Yizkor is an opportunity for gratitude and love along with sadness.
September 27, 2020
Occasion(s) / Kol Nidrei
Rabbi Cosgrove challenges us to step up to the ideal of Yom Kippur, to commit to acting to mend our world, our community, and our personal relationships.
September 19, 2020
Occasion(s) / Rosh Hashanah
Judaism has survived periods of calamity because visionary leaders have transformed Jewish life to accommodate changed circumstances.
September 18, 2020
Occasion(s) / Erev Rosh Hashanah
The pandemic has contracted our horizons and cost us innumerable losses, but we can still find hope and meaning in what we do. Rabbi Cosgrove encourages us to find and create beauty and joy even within the smaller scale of our lives.
September 12, 2020
Occasion(s) / Nitzavim, Va-yeilekh
Rabbi Cosgrove finds parallels between the life of the incomparable Mets pitcher, Tom Seaver, and the message of the Torah reading: wherever we are today is not where we can be tomorrow. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, let us all act with strength and courage to make tomorrow a better day.
July 11, 2020
Occasion(s) / Pinhas
Recalling the friendship between baseball players Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson, Rabbi Cosgrove urges us all to examine our own internalized prejudices in order to reach first base in our struggle to check our biases and eliminate racism.
June 20, 2020
Occasion(s) / Sh’lah L’kha
Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us that public speech can change the world and also destroy it. Important as public protest may be, giving feedback privately will often forward our causes better than rash responses in social media.
June 06, 2020
Occasion(s) / Naso
Rabbi Cosgrove shows us how the Bible can provide inspiration, guidance, comfort, and even challenge, as we seek to respond to the systematic racism that infects our country.