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2020 May Shabbat Sermon 

05/13/2020 06:36:39 PM

May13

Rabbi Adir Glick: Shabbat Sermon May 2020

One of the strangest occurrences that happened when this whole situation with the virus began was – the day the stay-at-home order was announced, my wrist watch stopped and ran out of battery. Of course… No way to get to the store.

But how apt.

Time stopped.

For the past month and a half, we have been living...Read more...

2019 Rosh Hashanah Day Sermon

10/01/2019 12:00:00 AM

Oct1

Rabbi Adir Glick

Good Yontif. Good Yontif.

One of my favorite stories about Albert Einstein was about how he found inspiration.

 

Einstein was an unusual person. As a youth, he was a mediocre student. In college, instead of attending class, he would focus on playing his beloved violin and performing concerts...Read more...

2019 Rosh Hashanah (5780)

09/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

Sep30

Rabbi Adir Glick: It is Never Too Late to Have Another Chance

There is a story that dates back to the beginning of the last century about one of the young rising Jewish leaders of prewar Europe, the Yabloner rebbe, Yehezkel Taub.

Yehezkel Taub was born into a great Polish Hassidic dynasty. They could trace their roots to the early masters.

They were related to the Modzits Hassidim, beloved for their music. They composed the ani maamim we...Read more...

2019 Erev Rosh Hashanah

09/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

Sep29

Rabbi Adir Glick: Do Not Oppress the Stranger

Good Yontif.

Va yelekh Avram kasher diber Adonai.

And Abraham went forth as Adonai had said.

 

Va’ yaavor Avram baaretz.

And Abraham passed through the land.

 

After I moved to the...Read more...

2019 Nirzavim 

09/28/2019 04:23:13 PM

Sep28

Rabbi Glick: Doing Teshuvah Together with God

A day before Rosh Hashannah…

We know what our work is:

Teshuvah

Repentance

Return

As Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach sang, return again, return to the land of your soul, return to who you are to what you are to where you are born and reborn again.

As our parashah says:

When you take it all to heart and you return to the Lord your God and you and children heed his command with all your heart and...Read more...

2019 Ki Tavo

09/21/2019 03:49:39 PM

Sep21

Rabbi Glick: Ki Tavo el Haaretz—When you come to the land.

“A land that eats its inhabitant or a land flowing with milk and honey?”

Shabbat shalom

Ki Tavo el Haaretz. When you come to the land.

The land of Israel is both a physical location and a spiritual location.

Our Torah is always trying to get there. It always concludes before we get there, to begin again. That makes us like Moses, standing on top of the mountain looking out yearning to get...Read more...

2019 Ki Tetze

09/14/2019 04:15:00 PM

Sep14

Rabbi Glick: The Rules of War

Shabbat shalom.

As many of you know, the Israeli elections are in just a few days.

There was a story in the Israeli media last week—of an Israeli television program, Channel 13, report on the pre-army hesder yeshivot. That featured the recorded comments of a leading Rabbi speaking to his students, speaking about how they fear the wicked secular society, how corrupt their values were, and to even be ready to go against the...Read more...

2019 Ekev

08/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

Aug24

Rabbi Glick: Eventually We Will All Hear

Shabbat shalom. Mary McNeal was an orthopedic surgeon. While on holiday in South America, she had a kayaking accident. Her kayak was pinned under the water and she was trapped. Despite great effort by her companion, she couldn’t be rescued and she was declared dead.

 

This is where she had the beginning of an...Read more...

2019 Re'eh

08/19/2019 02:50:49 PM

Aug19

Rabbi Glick: Choose Life, Choose Blessing

The Talmud tells us that at every moment there is a heavenly voice ringing out, crying: you can go this way or you can go that way. Choose ...

This is a very deep teaching, perhaps the key to all of life.

 

We pick the timber of our existence, the pattern of our life.

In each and every situation, no matter what it is, we have a...Read more...

10/02/2018 10:18:50 PM

Oct2

Monica Garcia Norlander

 

My name is Monica Garcia Norlander. My Hebrew name is Chaya Ora, which means Life and Light. I am proud to stand here today as an alumna of the West Suburban Temple Har Zion class titled, “Introduction to Judaism.” In the class, I learned a solid foundation of Jewish knowledge, I joined a community of other learners, I cemented my decision to raise a child with Jewish values, and I grew on my personal journey.

In...Read more...

2018 Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Sermon

09/24/2018 12:00:00 AM

Sep24

Rabbi Adir Glick: “Shver tsu zayn a Yid – It is hard to be a Jew.”

Good Yontiv.

 

Good evening.

 

Gmar Tov – a good seal after the fast.

 

Our holiest night of the year begins as we remove all of the Sifrei Torah from our ark, in an...Read more...

2017 Noach

10/27/2017 12:00:00 AM

Oct27

Rabbi Glick: The Human Gift for Unity

Shabbat Noach 5778 – ‘The Human Gift for Unity’

 

Hineh ma tovu u manim shevet achim gam yachad

How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters sit together in...Read more...

2017 Yom Kippur (5778)

09/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

Sep30

Rabbi Glick: - Maurice Sendak and living the life we are meant to.

Living the Life We Were Meant to Live

Good Yontif, Shanah Tovah,

 

Ma Anu, Umeh’Chayenu

 

What are...Read more...

2017 Kol Nidre Sermon 5778

09/29/2017 12:00:00 AM

Sep29

Rabbi Glick: Love your Story

Good Yontif,

 

I was once at La Guardia airport in New York, and there was a man walking from person to person, looking...Read more...

2017 Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (5778)

09/21/2017 12:00:00 AM

Sep21

Rabbi Glick: - How good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity.

 

A Song of Ascents; of David.

Hine mah tov umah naim shevet achim gam yachad.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
coming down upon the beard; even...Read more...

 2017 Shabbat Re'eh Sermon

08/19/2017 10:46:21 AM

Aug19

Rabbi Glick: In response to Charlottesville and Barcelona, "We are God’s partners in repairing the world."

Shabbat shalom,

What a week! Charlottesville last weekend, Barcelona on Thursday… How do we respond to all of this?

There is a story that Rabbi Akiva, the leader of his generation, was once summoned by the Roman governor, Rufus. The governor asked him, why do you Jews circumcise your males? Is God’s creation not perfect?

Rabbi Akiva showed the governor, in one hand flax, in the other a garment. He asked, ‘which...Read more...

2017 August: Melton Jewish Learning Comes to West Suburban Har Zion

08/07/2017 03:18:07 PM

Aug7

Join us for a Free hour of high quality Jewish Learning!Read more...

2017 Shabbat Bo (5777)

02/04/2017 12:00:00 AM

Feb4

Rabbi Glick: Darkness

When I was young and lived in the Old City in Jerusalem, our family was in a big apartment. My room was across what seemed like an impossibly long and dark hallway to the kitchen, where I imagined my parents always were. I don’t remember much else about the apartment but I remember the hallway as a frightening place…

In our parashah this week, Bo, the Torah recounts to us the final intensification of the plagues. Finally, Pharaoh...Read more...

2016 Toldot (5777)

11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Nov28

Rabbi Glick: How Good and Pleasant It is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity

“How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” – Parashat Toldot 5777   The story of two brothers struggling. One of the oldest stories in the world. From the womb itself. The elder came out red, and the younger holding onto to his heel. In the stomach of their mother they turned and wrestled. As our commentators say, they fought.   The midrash states, the mother herself could tell that they were...Read more...

2016 Rosh Hashanah (5777)

10/03/2016 04:10:08 PM

Oct3

Rabbi Glick: Coping with the State of the World

Teshuva, Tefillah utzeddakh – maavirin et roah ha gzeira.   Repentance, Prayer, and charity lessen the severity, the evil of the decree. The line that is at the center of all of the High Holidays. But what is the evil decree?   In this year, I don’t think it has been hard to see what was the evil of the decree –for our society and country, for our people, for the world. We have seen terrorist attacks and experienced the fear...Read more...

2016 Bechukotai (5776)

06/04/2016 12:00:00 AM

Jun4

Rabbi Glick: Religion is about walking

When I was young, the most powerful religious memories for me were of our Friday night ritual before dinner. Of the singing we did. Of the special feeling, the holiness of Shabbat, that we created. We had our own way of doing it in our house. And I was convinced it was the very best and only way of doing it. I still am.

  For many people, this is what religion is about. A collection of memory, song, feeling, nostalgia, of the way...Read more...

2016 Mishpatim (5776)

02/06/2016 12:00:00 AM

Feb6

Rabbi Glick: The day after revelation

It’s the day after. What do you do?   We’ve just had this great amazing experience at Sinai, earthquake, lightning, God spoke to us. We’ve had a mass revelation, a moment of incredible enlightenment, but what is the next step? Now that the mountain is calm again, the skies are clear, the horn silent.   What are the Israelites thinking the next morning as they wake up into their new lives? God spoke to them and changed their...Read more...

2015 Chayei Sarah 5776

11/07/2015 04:07:39 PM

Nov7

Rabbi Glick: The Cycle of Life

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Canada to visit my 94 year old grandfather who has been very ill. He had a stroke 30 years ago, and his condition has worsened over the past year – he has gone into palliative care numerous times.   When I arrived with my wife Rachel, he welcomed us with surprise and a big smile.   There was such a look of sweetness and goodness in his face. A smile that lit up the room. We told him about our life,...Read more...

  2015 Lekh Lekha 5776

10/17/2015 04:06:27 PM

Oct17

Rabbi Glick: “The Golden hills of Zion

In these past weeks, Israel has been on our hearts and minds. In the face of the never ending conflict, and of the depression of seeing our neighbors seeking out to harm us with every mean possible, it’s hard not to feel despair and hopelessness.   Conflict has rattled our country since it was created 66 years ago, but who’s counting?   How do we lift our minds and our vision to retain hope?   Several years ago, I...Read more...

2015 Yom Kippur Sermon 5776

09/22/2015 01:15:33 PM

Sep22

Rabbi Glick

“Our origin is dust and our end is dust. At the hazard of our life we earn our bread. We are like a fragile vessel, like the grass that withers, the flower that fades, the shadow that passes, the cloud that vanishes, the wind that blows, the dust that floats, the dream that flies away. But You, Sovereign of all – Are the Living and Everlasting God.”   These are the words of the Unetaneh Tokef prayer that we recite throughout the...Read more...

2014 Vayeshev 5775 

12/13/2014 04:08:25 PM

Dec13

Rabbi Glick: God is Everywhere

One of the joys and highlights of my week is that every Friday, I read a story to the pre-schoolers as part of their Shabbat service. They are lovely kids! One Friday, about a month ago, my story was called ‘God is everywhere’. God is in the sun and God is in the moon. God is in me, and God is in you. God is everywhere… About the journey of a little girl to find ‘where is God?’ And at the end she realizes that God is absolutely...Read more...
Tue, July 7 2020 15 Tammuz 5780