Rabbi Dobrusin

Sermon for the Special Shabbat of Reflection and Celebration

FROM 1968 to 2018 First, I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the planning committee for your efforts in planning this morning’s service. I am truly honored and deeply appreciative. Fifty years ago this morning, I … Continue reading

A New Book – Shabbat HaHodesh 5778

And so, we begin the book of Vayikra, the book of Leviticus. The first half of the book, contains, in so many ways, too much information about a tradition whose time passed centuries ago. One might ask: why do we … Continue reading

Minhag Hamakom: The Importance of Local Customs

I’m going to start with the joke because I know that once you hear what I’m speaking about, several of you are going to start wondering whether I’ll tell the joke. So, you might as well hear it now. It’s … Continue reading

A Most Essential Vow – Kol Nidre 5778

Kol Nidre touches us in many different ways. There are many well-known stories about what it has meant to individual Jews over the centuries. Here is one famous story. At one time in his life, the famed Jewish philosopher Franz … Continue reading

To Wrestle and to Dream – Rosh Hashanah 2017

The song consists of only six simple words: six words sung over and over again. But those words have been sung at such significant moments. – in the life of the State of Israel when the existence of the state … Continue reading

Light and Shadow – Re’eh August 19, 2017

It can be said about almost everything that occurs in this world or any action that we may perform: “There’s a bracha for that”. “There’s a blessing for that”. Jews have a blessing for almost everything in our world. So, … Continue reading

Sermon for Shabbat Hahodesh March 25, 2017

Shabbat Hahodesh always feels to me like the official beginning of Pesach preparation. I know some of us have already bought some Pesach food and are starting to do the cleaning before the holiday. But, now the serious preparation begins. … Continue reading

A Time of Transition – Vayechi 5777

As I begin my remarks this morning, I want to pay tribute both to Dr. Martin Luther King on the weekend of the holiday dedicated to his memory and to our teacher Doctor Abraham Joshua Heschel whose yahrzeit will be … Continue reading

Human Rights Shabbat 2016

Before I begin my sermon this morning, I want to address for a few minutes the continuing protest outside Beth Israel on Shabbat morning. In a very important way, it relates to my major topic for today but my decision … Continue reading

Post-Election Thoughts – Lech Lecha 5777

It has been quite a week. On Wednesday morning at 4 a.m., after 3 hours of tossing and turning and 45 minutes of fitful sleep, I posted my personal feelings about the election results on my Facebook page. I later … Continue reading