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Temple Shalom
A Reform Jewish Congregation
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Sermons & Writings from Temple Shalom
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Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
So You Say
Rosh Hashanah October 3 2016 Video

Facing the Future: A Search for Meaning with the Torah of Tomorrow
Yom Kippur Morning 5777; October 12, 2016

A Journey of Six Thousand Miles
Kol Nidrei 5777; October 11, 2016

So You Say: Words and What We Can Do With Them
Rosh Hashanah Morning 5777, Oct. 3, 2016

The fifth cup - full redemption
To be recited as we prepare to open the door for Elijah.

HaMeirish HaNigzal: The Stolen Beam
A Story and Meditation on Repentence and Reconciliation for Yom Kippur

Out of Nineveh
September 23, 2015 Yom Kippur Morning 5776

Getting Better All The Time
September 14, 2015 Rosh Hashanah Morning 5776

Spirituality and Religion: Hannah and Eli
September 14, 2015 Introduction to the Haftarah Reading

Ishmael Afraid
September 14, 2015 D’var Torah

Images of God: From Judge to Life Source
September 14, 2015 Meditation before U'n'taneh Tokef

36 Questions
September 22, 2015 Kol Nidre

A House Divided
February 13, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 16, 2015
Guest Preacher Father Tom Slawson

Before Whom You Stand
October 4, 2014 - Yom Kippur Morning 5775

Out of Darkness
September 25, 2014 - Rosh HaShanah Morning 5775

The Second Sex
March 28, 2014 - Parashat Tazria

Pride and Prejudice
March 21, 2014 - Parashat Sh’mini

Stones and Bones
March 14, 2014 - Parashat Tzav 5774

Go Down, Moses: Letting Go, and Reaching Out
September 14, 2013 - Yom Kippur Morning 5774

“How Many Deaths…”
September 13, 2013 - Kol Nidrei/Erev Yom Kippur 5774

The Authors of Ourselves: The Liberation at the Heart of Rabbinic Judaism
September 6, 2013 - Second Day Rosh Hashanah 5774

Wonder Women
September 5, 2013 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5774

An Unfinished Revolution: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi David Hartman
February 15, 2013 - Parashat Terumah

DIVREI TORAH (Commentary on the Biblical Portion)

Even Our Enemies: Introduction to the Book of Jonah
Yom Kippur Afternoon 5774 - September 14, 2013

Teach Your Parents Well…
Yom Kippur Yizkor 5774 - September 14, 2013

Eternal Words: Introduction to the Haftarah Portion
Yom Kippur Morning 5774 - September 14, 2013

Who Is Our Neighbor?: D’var Torah
Yom Kippur Afternoon 5774 - September 14, 2013

In Our Hands: D’var Torah
Yom Kippur Morning 5774 - September 14, 2013

Coopting the Outsider: Introduction to the Haftarah Reading
Rosh Hashanah Morning 5774 - September 5, 2013

The Akedah as a Lost Opportunity: D’var Torah
Rosh Hashanah Morning 5774 - September 5, 2013

PREVIOUS SERMONS AND WRITINGS

Willpower
September 26, 2012 - Yom Kippur Morning 5773

All Our Vows: In Support of Same Sex Marriage and the Maryland Dream Act
September 25, 2012 - Kol Nidrei 5773

All in the Family
September 17, 2012 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5773

The Way the World Works
August 31, 2012 - Ki Tetzei

“Hear” O Israel! The Art of Conversation in an Age of Conflict
April 20, 2012 - Parashat Shmini

Reading Mein Kampf in Tehran: The Death of Demjanjuk and the Power of the Past
March 23, 2012 - Parashat Vayikra

Ripening the Time: Forced Forgiveness and Real Reconciliation in Law and Lore
October 8, 2011 - Yom Kippur Morning 5772

Are We One? Peoplehood, the Collective and Engaging Israel
October 7, 2011 - Kol Nidrei 5772

“Under God”
September 29, 2011 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5772

Leonard Leon Abel - Aryeh Leib ben Yosef v’Ita
April 14, 2011

Edward Arthur Beeman - Eliyahu Aharon ben Dov uVilah
March 21, 2011

White Lies and Tall Tales in a WikiLeaks World
December 17, 2010 - Parasha Vayechi

Feeling Connected
September 18, 2010 - Yom Kippur Morning 5771

Anu Matirin: A People and All People
September 17, 2010 - Kol Nidrei, Erev Yom Kippur 5771

I and Thou: For Ourselves and One Another
September 9, 2010 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5771

Hung Jury
September 8, 2010 - Erev Rosh Hashanah Early Service 5771

“Are You Alright?”
September 8, 2010 - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771

A Thundering Silence:  In Memory of Rabbi David J. Forman
May 21, 2010 - Parashat Naso

Between Choice and Chance - Shaping History or Being Shaped By It
March 19, 2010 - Parashat Vayikra

Return and Restore
September 28, 2009 - Yom Kippur Morning 5770

A Place Called Hope
September 27, 2009 - Kol Nidrei 5770

Second Life: Avatars and Imaginations
Septembor 19, 2009 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5770

Facing the Facebook Challenge: Who Are You and What Do You Believe?
September 18, 2009 - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5770 Late Service

The Secret of Jewish Survival
Reform Judaism Magazine, Winter 2008.

“In Different Words”: Jewish Identity, Interfaith Marriage and Rabbinic Officiation
October 9, 2008 - Yom Kippur Morning 2008/5769 [Full version]

“If It’s Not Fun…” Obligation and Identity: To Be “Clean” Before God and Israel
September 29, 2008 - Erev Rosh Hashanah 2008/5769

Wikijewdia: Objectivity, Obligation, and Community in a Get-What-You-Want World
September 21, 2007 - Kol Nidrei 5768

“I am Jewish” Explorations of identity in the secret recess of the heart
Rosh Hashanah Morning 5768 - September 13, 2007

Jimmy Carter and the Betrayal of History
January 12, 2007 - Shemot

The Days of Our Lives
November 16, 2006 - Chayei Sarah

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
October 1, 2006 - Kol Nidrei 5767

Adventures in Moving
September 23, 2006 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5767

Letter from Rabbi Feshbach on Israel [pdf]
August 2006 - A message from our Senior Rabbi - includes links on how you can help Israel right now!

Against a Sea of Troubles: The Storm of a Century and the Questions of our Lives
October 3, 2005 - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5765

A Sea of Troubles: When Bad Things Happen to Good Planets (and What We Can Do In Response)
February 27, 2005 - Keynote Address to the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life

Standing Still, Diving Deep: Sign, Symbol and the Torah of our Lives
December 24, 2004 - Vayichi

The Meaning of the Miracle of Chanukah
December 18, 2004

Letter from a Murderer
October 8, 2004 - Bereshit

Land That I Love
September 16, 2004 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5764

The Tears That Are Not Murder: Judaism and Abortion
March 19, 2004 - Vayakhel-Pekudei

A Covenant Cocktail: The Messianic Idea in Judaism
January 23, 2004 - Va'era

Harry Potter and the Order of Our Lives: “The Magical Power of Shabbat”
October 5, 2003 - Kol Nidrei

In Praise of Junior Partners: “The Game of Myst and the Journey of the Soul”
September 27, 2003 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5764

Ties That Bind: Autonomy and Obligation in Reform Judaism Today
September 7, 2002 - Rosh Hashanah Morning 5763

Rabbi Rachel Ackerman
Women’s March on Washington
Inspiration from Rabbi Ackerman Jan. 22, 2017

A Call for Chesed in 5777
Erev Rosh Hashanah October 2, 2016 Video

A Call for Chesed in 5777
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5777 Oct. 2, 2016

Boiled Seeds
September 14, 2015--Erev Rosh HaShanah 5776

Stock Photos
September 24, 2014--Erev Rosh HaShanah 5775

The Well is Right Before Us: Reaching Out for Compassion and Courage
September 4, 2013 - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5774

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, After Death There is Holiness: Lessons from the Boston Marathon
April 19, 2013 - Acharei Mot/Kedoshim

Ad Meah v’Esrim (Until 120)
September 16, 2012 - Erev Rosh Hashanah 5773

Cantor Lisa Levine
Welcome Home
September 27, 2013 - Parsha Bereshit

Rabbi Bruce E. Kahn, D.D.
Celebrating Wholeness with the Torah
September 23, 2013 - Simchat Torah D’var Torah

The Necessity of Service
May 13, 2011 - Shabbat B'har

When Potato Chips Trump Civil Rights
April 8, 2011

It is Time to Achieve Wisdom: Rally for Gay Marriage in DC
October 29, 2009 - Gay Marriage Advocacy

9-11 Fifth Anniversary Speech
September 2006

Deciding For Judaism
December 2005

And So We Read
October 2005 - Rosh Hashanah 5766

Shalom, Shalom - Sermon of Farewell
June 2001

The Future of Reform Judaism
June 2001

Our Non-Jewish Spouses
May 2001

Nurturing the Souls of Our Children
May 2001

The Americanization of Matzo
April 8, 2001 - Pesach 5761

Live What You Pray
October 8, 2000 - Kol Nidre 5761

To Pray Means to Expand God’s Presence
September 30, 2000 - Rosh Hashanah 5761 (Updated 9/15/2001)