Rabbi Perkins' High Holiday Sermons

Rabbi Perkins' most recent High Holiday sermons will be posted here.  Older sermons can be found in Sermon Archives.

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Yom Kippur 5780 (2019)

Kol Nidre- October 8, 2019

Being Wrong

Yom Kippur- October 9, 2019

Four Questions for Yom Kippur 

Rosh Hashanah 5780 (2019)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1- September 30, 2019

Anti-Semitism: The Longest Hatred    

Rosh Hashanah Day 2- October 1, 2019

Making Prayer Real     

Rosh Hashanah 5779 (2018)

Rosh Hashanah Day 1- September 10, 2018

Why Are You Still Sleeping?

Rosh Hashanah Day 2- September 11, 2018

Can a Robot Be Jewish?

Yom Kippur 5779 (2018)

Kol Nidre- September 18, 2018

What Inspires Our Teshuvah: Fear or Love?

Yom Kippur- September 19, 2018

The Miracle of Life

Rosh Hashanah 5778 (2017)


Erev Rosh Hashanah- September 20, 2017

Have A Good Change!   ​


Rosh Hashanah Day 1- September 21, 2017

What's Our Role Today?


Rosh Hashanah Day 2- September 22, 2017

Herzl's Accomplishment: From "The Jewish Problem" to "Jewish Problems"   

Yom Kippur 5778 (2017)


Kol Nidre- September 29, 2017

Is Yom Kippur Your Favorite Holiday?   


Yom Kippur- September 30, 2017

Forming An Inclusive Community   

Rabbi's Introduction to Yizkor Service  

Rosh Hashanah 5777 (2016)


Rosh Hashanah Day 1- October 3, 2016

The Game of Life      

Rosh Hashanah Day 2- October 4, 2016

The Eye of God          

Yom Kippur 5777 (2016)


Kol Nidre- October 11, 2016

Sins of Speech          


Yom Kippur- October 12, 2016

Remembering and Forgetting   

Rosh Hashanah 5776 (2015)


Erev Rosh Hashanah- September 13, 2015

You've Arrived at Your Destination?             

Rosh Hashanah Day 1- September 14, 2015

The Mahzor: An Age-Old Selfie Stick              

Rosh Hashanah Day 2- September 15, 2015

Not In God's Name                                             

Yom Kippur 5776 (2015)

Kol Nidre-September 22, 2015

Better Late Than Never                                   

Yom Kippur- September 23, 2015

Let's Have a Conversation...                          


Rosh Hashanah 5775 (2014)


Erev Rosh Hashanah - September 24, 2014

How Quickly A Year Passes 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - September 25, 2014

Ometz (Strength, Fortitude and Courage) and Empathy        

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - September 26, 2014

Becoming Jews of Influence        


Yom Kippur 5775 (2014)


Kol Nidre - October 3, 2014

Be Prepared: A Kol Nidre Story         

Yom Kippur - October 4, 2014

Creating Community and Celebrating Tradition        


Rosh Hashanah 5774 (2013)


Erev Rosh Hashanah - September 4, 2013

Are Our Clocks Keeping the Right Time?

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - September 5, 2013

The Rebellious Rabbi: Joachim Prinz

Rosh Hashahah Day 2 - September 6, 2013

What Is (And Isn't) the Torah, and Why We Study It


Yom Kippur 5774 (2013)


Kol Nidre - September 13, 2013

Benign Surveillance

Yom Kippur - September 14, 2013

The Joy and Gladness of Israel


Rosh Hashanah 5773 (2012)


Erev Rosh Hashanah - September 16, 2012

“Why Waiting is Torture” 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 -  September 17, 2012

"Jewish Essence and Jewish Existence: Aly Raisman, Pearl Perkins and the Hebrew Mamita" 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - September 18, 2012

"Listening to One Another’s Inner Voice" 


Yom Kippur 5773 (2012)


Kol Nidre - September 25, 2012

An Alternative to Writing Our Own Eulogies 

Yom Kippur - September 26, 2012

How We Can Stop Lying to Everyone—Especially Ourselves 



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