Rabbi Marci Bellows

Rabbi Bellows gives sermons almost every Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) usually based on that week's Torah portion or with reference to an upcoming holiday. The purpose of a sermon is to use ancient teachings from our tradition to bring spiritual meaning to our lives and to inspire us to act to make our world more whole and just.

Yom Kippur Morning: Bad Things and Good People

Rabbi Harold Kushner, in his ground-breaking book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, shares the following anecdote from the early days of his rabbinate: “I was a young rabbi just starting out in my profession, when I was called on to try to help a family through an unexpected and almost unbearable tragedy. This… Continue Reading

Kol Nidre Sermon: Sorry, Not Sorry

  Tonight is the culmination of the last ten days, or, perhaps, the entire last year – We have reached the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the day to admit to our wrongdoings, our faults, our flaws. The day we acknowledge the ways in which we’ve missed the mark, we’ve behaved poorly, or wronged our… Continue Reading

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: I Hope You Dance

With this week’s parasha, the Book of Leviticus is coming to a close. The opening verse of the portion serves as an epilogue to the book as a whole: “Im b’chukotai tailaichu v’et mitzvotai tishm’ru va’asitem otam” – “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments…” God addresses the Israelites who are about to enter… Continue Reading

Parashat Vayeishev: Divine Dreams

Parashat Vayeishev: Divine Dreams

  The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind. – Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, 1900   From ancient times through today, we have always been tempted to learn the secrets of dreams. Long ago, dreams were thought to be signs from divine powers exposing their will. Today… Continue Reading

Kol Nidre Sermon: Being Wrong

Being Wrong This evening, I’m going to start with three quick stories – your job is to tell me what they all have in common. On, February 1, 2004, many of us were sitting comfortably on our couches, surrounded by snacks and soda, gazing intently at the television. The New England Patriots were playing the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl… Continue Reading

Rosh HaShanah Sermon: Finding the Missing Voices

Shanah tovah! Each year, on the morning of Rosh Hashanah, we feel a sense of intrigue and trepidation as we listen, once again, to the story of the Binding of Isaac. The verses we hear from Genesis, chapter 22, are some of the most memorable, yet also most haunting and disturbing, words we read from our holiest text. We listen, once… Continue Reading

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