High Holidays Sermons
Sermons: Rabbi Yael Romer
"Words matter. Words matter when they are spoken by a worker at Mother Earth, the President of the United States, or any one of us. Words matter. The journalist Charles Blow wrote, 'One does not have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and absence of understanding are sufficient...'”
"I trust that it isn’t just millennials who want Jewish experience to feel authentic and relevant. We too are striving for inclusivity. We too want to be comfortable in our Jewish experience, feel like we belong, and know that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. I am excited to share with you that as a community, we have identified audacious hospitality, study, and tikun olam as three pivotal priorities that are part of our vision of who we are and central to our strategic plan..."
"We all want our lives to be good. Celebrating the New Year is an opportunity for recalibration, cheshbon nefesh, and resolutions. It is the invitation to live better. I offer you this challenge: do these ten things and dare to enhance your life. Connect to your core, wake up with attitude, live with gratitude, transition with grace, take time off, be in sync with the earth, celebrate and count, bless, be a blessing, and fight for justice..."
"This evening I want to discuss a sense of the Divine that has no limits. What could be more fitting than addressing the nature of the Sacred on the Jewish New Year? We say that God is One: Shema Yisrael יהוה Eloheinu יהוה Ehad. But this One, unpronounceable God is known by no fewer than 70 names in the bible..."
Yom Kippur Sermon 5779/2018
“Pave a road, pave a road. Clear a path! Remove the obstacles from my people’s path.” These are the words of the Prophet Isaiah that we take to heart on Yom Kippur. Listen to the prophetic words of Emma Lazarus, prominently displayed on the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
"The spaciousness of the Days of Awe allows each of us to reflect on the difficulty, pain, and loss we endured throughout the past year, as well as the accomplishments, blessings, and joy. It is in this spirit that we anticipate 5779 with a measure of concern and perhaps even dread, but also wonder, anticipation, and excitement for that which the future holds."