Rabbi Werbin

Yizkor 5780

Posted on October 10, 2019

I have always been a curious person. I can tell you many stories of my childhood. On many occasions these stories started because of my curiosity. I am always trying to see what is behind the sign of “Do Not Trespass” or the door that says, “Employees Only”. What’s hidden behind these doors? Why can’t […] Continue Reading »

Nu, Airbnb – Kol Nidre 5780

Posted on October 10, 2019

The moment I learned we were changing locations this year, I started looking for options where to stay with my family for Yom Kippur. As you may imagine my first instinct was to look in Airbnb, but as you may have heard there was some controversy with Airbnb and Israel. It looks like at some […] Continue Reading »

Find My Phone – Rosh Hashanah 5780

Posted on October 10, 2019

A story. A cat and a mouse die in an accident and both arrive in heaven. Two angels receive them. “You have been nice animals down on earth” say the angels, “so you can request something here in heaven” each angel says to the animals. The cat says, “I slept on the floor all my […] Continue Reading »

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 »