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Rabbi Stein's Sermon - Creating a More Peaceful World

Creating a More Peaceful World

August 16, 2019/16 Av 5779
Rabbi Peter W. Stein

I want to reflect on three moments from my week, each of which reflects my passion as a Zionist and my commitment to the Jewish state.

Earlier this week, I was reviewing and refining the itinerary for our 2020 TBK trip to Israel. As expected, the itinerary includes visits to sites of great historic and religious significance, places of natural beauty, and interactions with both our Reform brothers and sisters and our partner city of Modi’in.

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Parashat

Parashat Vayera
November 15, 2019

In this Torah portion, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophesy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince God otherwise. God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obliges but is told that it was a test of faith and offers a ram to sacrifice instead.

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