As Thanksgiving approaches, Rabbi Cosgrove explores the subject of sibling relations by way of the most intense and painful sibling rivalry of the Bible – Jacob and Esau. He urges us to invest in the blessing of siblings and to express gratitude for their presence in our lives.
November 21, 2020
Occasion(s) / Tol’dot, Thanksgiving
November 14, 2020
Occasion(s) / Hayyei Sarah
In posing “the Sancho question,” Rabbi Cosgrove considers how the response of our political leaders and our own responses to the recent election bear on the health of our democracy and the strength of our country.
October 31, 2020
Occasion(s) / Lekh L’kha
Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us that at moments of joy and sorrow, gam zeh ya·avor, this too shall pass. We can find strength and sorrow in the realization that no single moment totally defines us and we should always work for things to be different in the future.
October 10, 2020
Occasion(s) / Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah
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, 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.