Rabbis' Sermons

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September 10, 2018
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Rosh Hashanah 5779

There are people, explains the Talmud, who koneh olamo b’sha·ah ehat (Avodah Zarah 10b), who “acquire eternity in a moment,” and for Joseph Welch, that moment occurred on June 9, 1954. The context was a post-war America unnerved by fears of Communist influence and...

September 09, 2018
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779

Truth be told, Alaska was never on my bucket list of places to visit. I would have been just fine picking up the kids from summer camp on the West Coast, spending a few days with my family in LA, and returning to New York without ever leaving the “Lower 48.” But Debbie had other plans. This...

May 15, 2018
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Reprinted from
The Jewish Week | jewishweek.timesofisrael.com

Jerusalem — Sitting in the dedication ceremonies for the American embassy here on Monday, I was reminded of the Talmudic account of ancient Israel’s liberation from Egypt bondage. When the Israelites had crossed the sea to dry shore as the Egyptian...