Rabbi Werbin

Fidget Spinner – Kol Nidre 5778

Posted on October 2, 2017

I want to share with you tonight a personal story. It is a story that involves my oldest son, Ari, so I asked his permission to share it with you. He said “yes”, knowing that without the story there is no sermon, without the sermon people will complain and if people complain I would lose […] Continue Reading »

Paul McCartney – Yizkor 5778

Posted on October 2, 2017

If there is a moment in the whole Aseret Yemei teshuva, the 10 days of repentance, that can explain the passion and the love that we have for our past, for our predecessors, for our tradition, that is the time of Yizkor. Yizkor is probably the highest expression of our devotion. Yizkor is that special […] Continue Reading »

Jaywalking – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778

Posted on October 2, 2017

I know exactly when this happened. Wednesday, August 30th, in the morning. After coming to minyan and meeting with the preschool teachers, I sensed I needed to go out and walk. I needed some inspiration, especially to get ready for the holidays; I also had to do one errand downtown Bethesda so I decided to […] Continue Reading »

RSVP – Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Posted on September 28, 2017

One day, God was looking down at Earth and saw all the mischievous behavior that was going on, so he called one of His angels and sent the angel to Earth for some time. When he returned, he told God, ‘Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not. God […] Continue Reading »

Yizkor 5777

Posted on October 20, 2016

My relationship with mimes has been always ambivalent. Mimes are funny and sad at the same time. They can make you laugh a lot and they can make you cry a lot. Mimes can entertain you and can scare you, too. I had that type of relationship with mimes until this year. Because this year […] Continue Reading »

Kol Nidre 5777

Posted on October 20, 2016

About 14 months ago Rabbi Harris and I rode together to the Ronald Reagan building in DC. We were going to the AIPAC Rabbinical Symposium when Rabbi Harris phone sent him an alert. At a red light he checked and told me there was a shooting in Virginia and two journalists were killed. Of course […] Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah 5777

Posted on October 20, 2016

I would like to start this sermon with a story. This is a story of a person who is a multi-millionaire. To preserve his identity let’s call him Jack. Jack is a multimillionaire who lives somewhere in the US and he hosted a party in his mansion. Huge party. Great food and drinks, great music […] Continue Reading »

Neilah 5776

Posted on October 8, 2015

I doubt about the truth of the story I am going to tell you but I strongly believe it is worthy to be shared with you. The brand new Rabbi and his wife had been assigned to their first congregation to reopen a shul in suburban Brooklyn. They had arrived in early February excited about […] Continue Reading »

Yizkor 5776

Posted on October 8, 2015

Surfing the web I came across the following paragraphs: The importance of leaving a legacy for your loved ones is about more than just the money in the bank and the “stuff” you leave behind. Too often, we don’t know the significance of the  heirlooms we inherit — the old album full of photos, old […] Continue Reading »

Kol Nidre 5776

Posted on October 8, 2015

A couple of weeks ago my wife went to work out and do the most common, the most known, the most amazing and exciting American sport: she went shopping. She came back home, exhausted after a really extreme work out that included Target, Macy’s TJ Maxx, etc, etc and she shows me the new table […] Continue Reading »

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