Rabbi Werbin

High Holidays 5779 – All In

Posted on September 20, 2018

Judaism has many rules. This evening I would like to start talking about a rule that is not a Jewish rule, but applies very well to Judaism. It is called the 80/20 rule. Some say 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. 80% of the wealth belongs to 20% of the […] Continue Reading »

Rosh Hashanah 5779 – Locked in at Nationals’ Stadium

Posted on September 20, 2018

A couple of months ago my family and I became US citizens, Baruch Hashem. It was an incredible experience for us and we are so happy and blessed to be part of this great nation. We are thankful that this country opened its doors to welcome us. Now that I am an American rabbi, I […] Continue Reading »

Yizkor 5779 – Yizkor Estate Sale Experience

Posted on September 20, 2018

About eight or ten months ago, I had a first time experience with something unknown to me up to that point. The story goes like this. I was in charge of taking Catalina, our 11 year old daughter, to a playdate with a friend.  For some reason David, our 4 year old son, was with […] Continue Reading »

Kol Nidre 5779 – Those Who Know

Posted on September 20, 2018

(With thankfulness to Rabbi Leonel Levy who told me this story 20 years ago.) The synagogue was filled and silent. Children and elders; rich and poor; believers and agnostics; men and women, those who were happy and those who were distressed; those who were joyous and those who were depressed; cynics and idealists; people without […] Continue Reading »

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 »