Rabbi Rudolph

Shavuot Day Two 5775

Posted on May 26, 2015

I am going to remind you today of a children’s song that you have probably not heard or sung in man years unless you hang around our preschool.  And I am going to give a Yizkor sermon today, which is a little bit different from the kind that we usually hear on this day. Usually, […] Continue Reading »

Passover: The Holiday of Stringencies

Posted on April 9, 2015

Pesach – Yom Sheni – 5775 Definitely the important sermon for these days of Yom Tov was given yesterday. Had few ideas for today – liked one about being thankful for what we have not focused on what we lack –  but what you will actually hear as this morning’s “sermon” came as accident while […] Continue Reading »

Vayishlach – Dinah and Sexual Abuse in Our Time

Posted on December 9, 2014

Every rabbi at some point teaches a course entitled, “Bible stories they never taught us in Religious School.” We go through the Bible and teach all the chapters that we never – for various reasons – learned from our Hebrew school teachers. One such chapter is the story of Dinah. In case you missed the […] Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah 5775 – Theme of the Year

Posted on October 20, 2014

This is what we call the theme sermon, actually a segue between last year’s and this year’s themes as we launch the year of Food and Jewish Values. This thrice repeated sermon is not a retirement sermon, in case you were wondering about that. I am still retiring this coming summer, but don’t want to […] Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah 5775 Second Day: We Work for God

Posted on October 6, 2014

There are two subjects that most rabbis seem to avoid these days, especially on the High Holidays. One is Israel. One of the 16,000 NY greetings – meaning fundraisers – I got in the last few days was from Truah, the new name of Rabbis for Human Rights, of which I actually am not a […] Continue Reading »

D-Day 2014

Posted on June 9, 2014

I advise you in advance that this sermon is a work in progress. Only yesterday did I realize I had to talk about what I am talking about, rather than what I thought I was talking about, and there wasn’t that much time. Yesterday, June 6, was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied […] Continue Reading »

Mother’s Day 2014

Posted on May 15, 2014

I have been saving this sermon for today since Pesach. You will hopefully see how it fits both Passover and now. It is based on the writings of a colleague about a two word English language expression that is becoming extinct. Our story starts in a courtroom in New Jersey on March 4 of this […] Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah/ Yom Kippur Major Sermon 5774

Posted on April 6, 2014

Intro: Each year I give one sermon that is repeated in all of our three main services. This one was offered at Walt Whitman on the first day of Rosh Hashanah; with some improvements it is the same sermon and anyone who is somehow here who was there should feel free to take a break […] Continue Reading »