Dvar Torah on “How to Write a Dvar Torah”
Tuesday December 02nd 2008, 2:43 pm
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Yet another sermon. Delivered on Shabbat Toldot, 28 Nov 2008

//Introduce special guests attending this morning//

So. Today I am a guest too. I’m the guest sermonizer. I am the guest giver of the D’var Torah.

Can I ask you all a question? I just did. I have a question to ask you all. Have you ever in your life been asked to deliver a Dvar Torah? Raise your hand. Don’t forget, if you had a bar or bat mitzvah, then you might have given a Dvar Torah then, even if that was your only time.

Ever been on a board or maybe even just a member of a Jewish organization, and then one day you get a call from the president, and he or she says, “Hey listen! this week we have a board meeting or a general meeting. And I’d like to ask you to deliver a brief Dvar Torah. Can you do that?” And you think, “Oh oh!!!” Most people would rather swim across a river of dog poop than get up in front of a group and deliver that brief Dvar Torah. Am I right? (more…)

Yet another DT
Friday January 11th 2008, 2:56 am
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I don’t know what strange karmic vibration has been unleashed in recent weeks, but after not being invited to do the D’var Torah thing for mucho moon, suddenly the requests have been inundating. Here’s my most recent for Parshat Va’eyra:

This is my visual aid. (said while taping 4 pieces of paper to the lecturn, each with one large Hebrew letter spelling out the Tetragramaton: Yod, Hay, Vav, Hay) If this were truly a synagogue of the 21st century, I’d have it projected big time in PowerPoint slides. But since this is a synagogue of the 58th century, we don’t do electronics on Shabbat. We’re still stuck in paper. (more…)

Another Sermon: Parshat Toldot
Monday November 19th 2007, 1:59 am
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About once every 2 or 3 years, one of my local rabbinic colleagues asks me to be rent-a-rabbi on Shabbat morning when he or she is otherwise engaged. Here’s my most recent:

“This is the saga of Ytzkhak ben Avraham. Avraham sired Yitzhak.” So begins our Torah for this Shabbat.

Now when I was a student at the Hebrew Union College many moons ago, one of the courses we were required to take was something called Homiletics. Do you know voss maint dos Homiletics? (more…)

OK, Well Maybe Not 100% Defrocked
Sunday October 16th 2005, 2:10 am
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Yes, Defrocked Rabbi had a small gig this past Yom Kippur in a very small congregation in a somewhat small city. You all know the rule of Jewish life: two Jews, three synagogues. This town was close to that.

In case you missed it, here’s my Kol Nidre sermon; (Hey! I bet it was better than the one you heard):

“Are you all old enough to recognize the name of Lenny Bruce?” I asked my 23 year old daughter that question this week as I was preparing and she said, “I know that’s a name I should know, but I don’t remember who it is.”

In case you don’t know, Lenny Bruce is acknowledged (more…)