Rabbis' Sermons

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October 14, 2019
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Sukkot, Day 1

In the history of collaborative friendships – Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons – in the category of Modern Jewish Thought, first among equals is the friendship between Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig. Despite a nearly nine-year gap in age,...

October 09, 2019
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Do A Mitzvah!

In retrospect . . . those college students . . . they never stood a chance.

The time was late fall of 1949, and the place was a narrow, dimly lit hallway at 770 Eastern Parkway, the Brooklyn headquarters of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneersohn, by then too frail to go beyond his quarters. Two...

September 30, 2019
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

Rosh Hashanah 5780

Let me tell you, it’s never been easy to be the rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue, beginning with our founding rabbi, Edward Benjamin Morris Browne. Hungarian-born, fluent in six languages, Rabbi Browne was known as “Alphabet Browne” due to his penchant for signing his name with the letters of all his...