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Rabbi Perkins' Sermons

Rabbi Perkins' most recent Shabbat sermons will be posted here.
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Other sermons can be found in High Holiday Sermons or Sermon Archives (1998-2010).
In addition, sermons by guest speakers can be found here.

2020

     
May 23 B'midbar "Get Back To Where You Once Belonged"  
May 9 Emor Keeping Time and Maintaining Holy Time  
March 14 Ki Tissa How to Respond to Uncertainty  
March 7 Tetzaveh Shabbat Zachor  
February 1   Remarks before the Prayer for Our Country and the Prayer for Israel  
January 18   Reflections on My Rabbinate  

2019

Vayishhlach A Difficult Week  

2018

     
December 8 Miketz "Do You Believe in Magic?"  
December 1 Vayeshev Even a Little Something Can Go a Long Way  
November 17 Vayetzei "Is Life Fair?"  
November 10 Toldot "Two nations struggling in the womb"  
November 3 Hayyei Sarah After Pittsburgh, What's Changed?  
October 27 Vayera Holy Chutzpah  
October 6 Bereshit Are Judaism and Evolution Compatible?  
October 1 Shemini Atzeret Just One More Day!  
September 22 Ha'Azinu Why Do We Sit in the Sukkah?  
June 16 Korach Korach the Populist  
June 9 Shelach Lecha "Forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement"  
June 2 B'Ha'alotcha A Life-Changing Experience  
May 12 Behar-Behukkotai Three Approaches to Economic Inequality  
May 5 Emor What's in a name?  
April 28 Achrei Mot-Kedoshim "Don't Stand Idly By!"  
April 21 Tazria-Metzora Another Kind of Malignant Speech  
March 17 Vayikra Let My People Come  
March 10 Vayekhel-Pekudei Completing Creation  
February 17 Terumah "When Adar Enters, We Increase Our Rejoicing"  
       

2017

     
November 18 Toldot Study Sheet - A Gendered Look at Looking Through a Window  
October 28 Lech Lecha Who Was Abraham?  
July 1 Hukkat The Politics of Anger  
June 24 Korach Korach the Demagogue - Source Sheet  
June 10 Beha'alotcha "Things Fall Apart"
June 3 Naso Heroes Then and Now  
May 20 Behar Behukkotai "Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land, Unto All Its Inhabitants Thereof"  
May 13 Emor Expressing True Love Toward the Living and the Dead  
January 28 Va'era "Liar, Liar"  
January 21 Shemot "Is There a Blessing for the Czar?"
    Study Sheet: The Duty, Opportunity and Challenge of Praying for the Government  
       

2016

     
December 24 Vayeshev What Does the Joseph Story Have to Teach Us About Chanukah and Christmas?  
November 26 Hayei Sarah The Importance of Gratitude  
November 12 Lech Lecha Lessons for Our New President Elect from Abraham
May 14 Kedoshim Refraining from Being a "Scoundrel Within the Bounds of the Torah"  
April 9 Shabbat HaHodesh Who Owns the Exodus? Who Owns the Seder? Who Owns the Haggadah? Who Owns the Hebrew language?  
March 12 Pekudei Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohein Kook  
March 5 Vayakhel Vayakhel: "And he Assembled." For Constructive or Destructive Ends?  
       

2015

     
November 28 Vayishlach Being Grateful Before, During and After Thanksgiving

November 21 Vayetze Jacob the Refugee
November 14 Toldot Sibling Rivalry and Religious Violence  
November 7 Hayei Sarah How and How Not to Read the Bible
October 24 Lech Lecha It Isn't Easy  
October 17 Noach  
May 29 Naso When Paying Attention is Hard To Do  
May 9 Emor  
February 28 Tetzaveh Part 1
  Tetzaveh Part 2
February 7 Yitro Part 1
  Yitro Part 2
January 24 Bo  
January 3 Vayechi Study sheet for Vayechi- Jacob's Blessings  
       

2014

     
December 6 Vayishlach Part 1
  Vayishlach Part 2
November 29 Vayetze Lessons from Ferguson, For Us and For Israel
November 22 Toldot  
October 25 Noach  
October 18 Bereshit Are Curiosity and Religiosity Compatible?
September 6 Ki Tetzei Labor Day and the Jews  
June 21 Korach Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reasons  
June 14 Shelach Lecha Are We Part of the "Evil Congregation"?  
May 16 Behukkotai "Que Sera, Sera!" v. "Do the Right Thing!"  
April 12 Shabbat HaGadol "Notes for Shabbat HaGadol drashah"  
April 5 Mitzorah "Maintaining Pure Homes"
March 29 Tazria "Why Do We Eat Matzah?"
March 8 Vayikra "Let's Celebrate"
March 1 Pekudei "Looking Back and Looking Forward"
February 15 Ki Tissa "The Importance of Character"
February 8 Titsaveh "The Importance of Doing It All the Time, Every Day"
January 18 Yitro "What Would Yitro Say?"  
January 4 Parshat Bo "Taking the Initiative: Reflections on Ariel Sharon"  
       

2013

     
December 14 Vayechi "What's So Special About the Number 17?"  
December 6 Vayiggash "A Tribute to Nelson Mandela"  
November 2 World Series Reflections "What They Said -- And What They Didn't Say"  
October 12 Lech L'cha "What Do Janet Yellen and Scarlett Johansson Have in Common?"  
Sunday, July 5 2020 13 Tammuz 5780