Rosh Hashanah 5773

THE PRAISES OF GREAT MEN A Sermon for Rosh HaShanah 5773 By Rabbi Wayne Allen Ben Sira, once recognized as the wisest man I the world, encouraged his audience to “sing the praises of great men…godly men whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten” (Wisdom of Ben...

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Shavu’ot 5772 May 27, 2012

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE A Sermon for Shavu’ot 5772 By Rabbi Wayne Allen For seven years, the Olson family of Turtle Lake, North Dakota (population 581) received postcards from ‘Jim.’  About three times a year ‘Jim’ sent brief messages describing his...

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Second Day Rosh Hashanah 5772

NEEDED: JUDGES, NOT FRIENDS A Sermon for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah 5772 By Rabbi Wayne Allen   In one of the central prayers of the Days of Awe, “u-N’ta-neh Tokef,” we, along with the Hazzan, declare: “Hi-neh Yom Ha-Din,” “Behold: it is the Day of...

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First Day Rosh Hashanah 5772

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SEAL TEAM 6 A Sermon for the First Day of Rosh Hashanah 5772 By Rabbi Wayne Allen   Howard Wasdin became an instant celebrity this past year. The publication of his memoir SEAL Team 6 coincided with the news that Osama Bin Laden was shot...

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Two Lessons from Baseball

TWO LESSONS FROM BASEBALL A Sermon for Parshat Ekev 5771 by Rabbi Wayne Allen   Pirke Avot, the text traditionally studied by Jews from Passover to Rosh Hashanah, reminds us that the wise man learns from every person: “Eizehu Hakham?” asks Ben Zoma. “Ha-lomed...

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Words to Live By

What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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