Rabbi Scolnic shares his favorite sermons.

Jenny and the Forgotten People - Kol Nidre 5776

When I was six, my parents moved into a new development of split-level houses that had been built next to an older neighborhood that had some very small and modest homes. Way at the end of our street, in the older section, there was a tiny house at the top of a steep hill. Normal kids with nothing to do, my new friends and I would climb up the steep, dusty hill and then run down it, trying not to fall and skin our knees and elbows.

Meet the Jacobsons - Rosh Hashana 5776

I want to tell you about the Jacobsons.

They were a wonderful Jewish family. There were four children, and they had happy, suburban, activity-filled Jewish childhoods.

The Lost City - Rosh Hashana 5776

My granddaughter Leah, who is now 1 11/12ths, loves a TV show called Dora the Explorer, which is an upbeat and actually very educational show that teaches children about map skills and math skills, not to mention Spanish. I have spent many happy hours binge-watching several seasons of this show with Leah.

The Blind Artist and The Painting - Erev Rosh Hashana 5776

When Hal and Julie Hanson were married, all of their dreams seemed to be coming true. In 1993, they were blessed with a healthy baby, who grew into a healthy kid. All seemed well, until little Jeff started bumping into things. "He couldn't see that there was a curb," Hal said. "He couldn't see that there was a stairway, and he would fall down it. And we realized, he's not seeing a lot."

The Whipping Boy - September, 2014

My grandson Avi and I love to watch movies. And the wonderful thing is that we can watch just about anything that has ever been made, because my son Josh bought me this little black box that somehow connects my tv to the internet. Avi and I have to watch movies at home because we talk the whole time; we'd be thrown out of any movie theater for constant chattering. Avi is five years old and he asks a question a minute:

The Gift of Fear - September 2014

  • Snakes.
  • Speaking in front of an audience
  • Heights
  • Being closed in a small space
  • Spiders and insects
  • Needles and getting shots
  • Mice
  • Flying on an airplane
  • Dogs
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Crowds
  • Going to the doctor
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