Sermons/Drashot Archive

Our archive Drashot/ Sermons page holds Sermons from 1990-2012. The sermons listed below by the running order of the Torah. You can scroll down to find your desired torah portion sermon. To search for a sermon from 2013 and on, please type the name of the portion on the search box on your right.

GENESIS

Bereshit

The Many Faces by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 28, 2005

Green Light to Start Over by Sabina Fried, October 8, 2004

The Origins of the Center by Jerry A. Gerash, October 12, 2001

My Chai Year of Being a Jew by David Fyffe, October 27, 2000

Coming Out Day by Michael Main, October 8, 1999

Noach

Go Jump in the Lake by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 27, 2006

Holocaust Survivor by Olga Grilli [Etz Chaim Weekend], November 11, 2005

Son of Olga Grilli by Richard Grilli [Etz Chaim Weekend], November 11, 2005

Grand Daughter of Olga Grilli by Pamela Rosen, [Etz Chaim Weekend], November 11, 2005

Bracha and Davi’s 25th Anniversary by Davi Cheng, October 15, 2004

“Every Breath I Take” by Rebecca Weinreich, October 10, 2004

But with Kindness Everlasting I Will Take You Back in Love by Allison Diamant, M.D., October 19, 2001

Lech Lecha

Crossing Over Boundaries by Davi Cheng, October 30, 2009

Post Prop 8 Obama Krystallnicht by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 8, 2008

No Luck by Rabbinic Intern Joe Hample, October 19, 2007

Waiting for that Promised Freedom by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 2, 2006

Changing Faces of Judaism by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 22, 2004

Abraham & Holy Covenant by Rabbinic Intern Sharon Gladstone, October 26, 2001

Vayera

The Jewish Calendar by Maggie Parkhurst, October 29, 2004

Bikur Cholim by Rabbinic Intern Sharon Gladstone, November 2, 2001

Shabbat Vayera (Rabbi Alexander Schindler) by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 17, 2000

Chaye Sarah

Time to Dialogue by Student Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, November 17, 2006

Post Election 2004 by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 5, 2004

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Toledot

The Twerp Wins by Rabbinic Intern Joe Hample, November 9, 2007

Celebrating her 85th Birthday by Harriet Perl, December 2, 2005

More Post-Election Reflection by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 12, 2004

Harriet Perl’s 80th Birthday & World Aids Day by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 1, 2000

No Knight in Shining Armor by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 12, 1999

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Vayetze

Shabbat Vayetze (Jacob, Leah & Rachel) by Michael Main, December 8, 2000

Vayishlach

Lessons on Fear by Arlan Wareham, November 26, 2004

World AIDS Day 2001 by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 30, 2001

Bush Becomes “President-Elect” by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 15, 2000

The Untaming of a Jew by Lisa Edwards, November 29, 1990

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Vayeshev

Ties That Bind by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, November 30, 2007

First Night of Hanukkah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 15, 2006

You Never Know What or Who is Going to Change Your Life by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 7, 2001

Why I Became a Member of BCC by Jay Soloway, December 22, 2000

First Night of Hanukkah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 3, 1999

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Miketz

Dream a Little Dream of Me by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 29, 2000

Vayigash

Taking Responsibility by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 2, 2004

Be’chol Lashon, “In Every Tongue” by Davi Cheng, December 13, 2002

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Vayechi

The Story Lines Project by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 17, 2010

Blessing the Daughters by Rabbinic Intern Joe Hample, December 21, 2007

Comfort from Others by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 9, 2004

Treading in the Middle with Feet that Pray by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 20, 2002

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EXODUS

Shemot

May I Ask Who’s Calling? by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 16, 2009

Multiple Identities by Davi Cheng, January 8, 2009

My Relationship With God by Cantorial Soloist Fran Chalin and Rabbi Lisa Edwards, December 29, 2007

The Domino Effect by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 12, 2007

I Pray that We Learn Ways to Help One Another by Cantorial Soloist Fran Chalin, December 27, 2002

Shabbat for New Year’s Eve by Rabbi Lisa Edwards & Cantorial Soloist Fran Chalin, December 31, 1999

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Va’era

Hearing the Groan by Rabbi Joe Hample, January 15, 2010

Signs & Portents by Barry Wendell, January 15, 2010

Wisdom of the Ages by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 26, 2006

Our Spiritual Hearts by Avram Chill, January 3, 2003

Book of Exodus by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 7, 2000

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Bo

Greet the Light: the Plague of Darkness by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 26, 2007

Exodus & Be’chol Lashon by Davi Cheng, January 30, 2004

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Beshalach

I Have a Dream by Miri HaRauch, January 18, 2008

Tu Bishevat: Live from the Red Tent by Miri Hunter Harauch, February 2, 2007

Our Relationship to Trees by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 10, 2006

Tu Bishvat/Parshat Beshallach/Shabbat Shira by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 22, 2000

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Yitro

Marriage Equality – Lincoln’s America by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 16, 2005

Yitro Instructs Moses by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 28, 2005

Standing Again at Sinai by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 24, 2003

The Voice by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, January 29, 2000

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Mishpatim

Offensive Marriage Act by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 12, 1999

Your Enemy’s Donkey by Rabbinic Intern Joe Hample, February 1, 2008

Terumah

Goal of the Promised Land by Michael Main, February 19, 1999

Freedom to Marry Rally Speech by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 12, 2005

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Tetzaveh

Breastplate of Judgment by Rabbinic Intern Joe Hample, February 15, 2008

Ukraine Experience by Jeffrey Janis, March 2, 2007

Remember by Davi Cheng, March 10, 2006

Regional Biennial Speech 2004-2005 by URJ President Eric Yoffie, February 19, 2005

Acts of Kindness by Steve Leider, February 18, 2005

Freedom to Marry Shabbat by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 14, 2003

Animals by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 18, 2000

Shabbat of Memory by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 26, 1999

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Ki Tisa

Jay Soloway on his 50th Birthday March 17, 2006

Parah Adamah by Maggie Parkhurst, March 12, 2004

Moses Grows Horns by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 5, 1999

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Vayakhel Pekude

Combating the Yestzer HaRah by Student Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, March 16, 2007

Another Chance by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 4, 2005

Let Us Declare Our Strength by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 7, 2003

Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat by David Cheng, February 28, 2003

Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 28, 2003

It Was a Shabbos Morning by Michael Main, March 23, 2001

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LEVITICUS

Vayikra

Post Germany by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 26, 2004

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Tzav

Embracing the Covenant by F. Denis Hiebsch, March 30, 2007

Draw Closer to God by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 21, 2003

Narishkeit by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 6, 2001

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Shemini

On BCC Men’s Havurah by Jeff Bernhardt, April 1, 2005

Nadav & Avihu by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 28, 2003

Post CCAR Conference on Same Sex Union by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 31, 2000\

Stories Help Us Create by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 9, 1999

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Tazria Metzora

The World Outside by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 1, 2011

Examining the Afflicted by Bracha Yael, April 16, 2010

Reclaiming Leviticus by Rabbinic Intern Joe Hample, April 4, 2008

Skin Rashes, Eruptions and Molds, Oh My by Davi Cheng, April 20, 2007

Life More Ordinary by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 27, 2006

Dedication of the 8th Window by Larry Bloustein, April 11,2003

Shabbat Hagadol 8th Stained Glass Window by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 11, 2003

My Wedding by Tanya Weiss, April 12, 2002

Shabbat Yom Ha Atzmaut by Merav Opher, April 26, 2001

Shabbat Before Pesach by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 14, 2000

Janitors’ Union Demonstration by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 7, 2000

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Achare Mot Kedoshim

Why Scapegoat? by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 22, 2005

Creating Safe Communities by Ginger Jacobs, April 25, 2003

Adult B’nat Mitzvah by Cantorial Soloist Fran Chalin, May 2001

Adult Bat Mitzvah by Sandi Cohen, May 5, 2001

Adult Bat Mitzvah by Lauren Schlau, May 5, 2001

Adult Bat Mitzvah by Helen Brand, May 5, 2001

Adult Bat Mitzvahby Davi Cheng, May 4, 2001

Adult Bat Mitzvah by Bracha Yael, May 4, 2001

Adult Bat Mitzvah by Tanya Weiss, May 4, 2001

Listening to Your Voices by Josh Wayser, April 28, 2000» back to the top

Israel Independence Day and National Poetry Month by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 23, 1999

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Emor

Last BCC Drash by Rabbinic Intern Rachel Adler, May 11, 2012

Looking Down in the Holy Land by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, May 4, 2007

Dedication 3rd Stained Glass Window by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, May 11, 2001

Fire and Glass by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, May 12, 2000

Israelites Formulating Who They Are by Michael Main, April 30, 1999

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Behar Bechukotai

Slavery by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, May 19, 2000

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NUMBERS

Bemidbar

On Book Reading of Secret Service by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, June 5, 2005

Shabbat before Shavuot 5761 by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, May 25, 2001

Bat Mitzvah Drash by Sandy Rubenstein, June 9, 2000

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Naso

Cancer Free 20th Anniversary by Ginger Jacobs, June 1, 2001

UCLA Hillel panel “Trembling Before God” by Rabbi Lisa Edwards & others, May 30, 2001

First Drash by Ginger Jacobs, June 16, 2000

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Beha’alotecha

Memorial Day by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, May 28, 2010

Beha’alotekha for Yael Maxwell by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, June 23, 2000

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Shelach-Lecha

Eli Filosov’s Bar Mitzvah Drash at IKAR, June 10, 2007

My Bar Mitzvah by Eli Filosov, June 9, 2007

Being a Transgender Jew by Reuben Zellman, Transgender rabbinic student, June 27, 2003

Todah Rabbah by Rabbi Harold Caminker, June 27, 2003

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Korah

Peace and Justice by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, July 1, 2005

Gifts of Leadership by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, July 7, 2000

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Chukat

The Pain of Silence by Bracha Yael, July 1, 2011

Lengthening the Soul by Angela Brown, July 11, 2003

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Balak

Does God have a Sense of Humor by Rabbinic Intern Rachel Adler, July 8, 2011

Listen to the Voice of the Angel by Haim Ainsworth, July 6, 2001

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Pinchas

My Summer Vacation by Tracy Moore, July 13, 2001

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Mattot Mas’ey

Pride: A Curse or a Blessing, by Rabbi Larry Edwards, July 20, 2012

Fourteenth Anniversary at BCC by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 1, 2008

On My Own Terms as BCC President by Davi Cheng, August 5, 2005

Inheritance Rights by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 5, 2005

Shock-Troops by Barry Wendell, July 16, 2004

Do you believe in God by Gordon Blitz, July 9, 1999

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DEUTERONOMY

Devarim

Shabbat Chazon by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, July 12, 2002

Shabbat Chazon by Michael Main, August 4, 2000

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Va’etchanan

Live Streaming: Finding Comfort and Consolation by Davi Cheng, August 3, 2012

Do Not Forget What You Have Seen with Your Own Eyes by Davi Cheng, July 23, 2010

In Memoriam Rabbi Carole Meyers, Shabbat Nechamu by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, July 27, 2007

Shabbat Nachamu, Before the Democratic Convention by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 11, 2000

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Ekev

More in Memoriam Rabbi Carole Meyers by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 3, 2007

One Does Not Live by Bread Alone by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, July 26, 2002

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Re’eh

Be a Mensch by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 2, 2002

Re’eh Rosh Chodesh Elul by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 25, 2000

Love Adonai Your God/Do Not Bear a Grudge by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 13, 2004

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Shofetim

My Aufruf by Neil Klasky, August 29, 2003

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Ki Tetze

Adult B’not Mitzvah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 25, 2007

Adult B’nei Mitzvah by Linda Moakes, August 25, 2007

Adult B’nai Mitzvah by Cecilia Quigley Groman, August 25, 2007

Adult B’nai Mitzvah by Donna Quigley Groman, August 25, 2007

Adult B’nai Mitzvah by Gavi Rut, August 25, 2007

On Moving to Oregon by Steve Leider, September 16, 2005

My Phranc Mother by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 31, 2001

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Ki Tavo

Oy vey, Maria by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 23, 2002

Spirituality by Gordon Blitz, September 22, 2000

How to Choose Words Wisely by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, August 27, 1999

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Nitzavim Vayelech

Katrina by Jay Jacobs, September 30, 2005

Jewish Church by Angela Orly Brown, August 30, 2002

Nitzavim before Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 14, 2001

Open Up Our Hearts by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 22, 2000

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Ha’azinu

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Vezot ha-Berachah

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High Holy Days

Two Holes in the Back, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 28, 2011

“First Person Plural”, Yom Kippur by Student Rabbi Joe Hample, October 9, 2008

“On the Altar of Broadway”, Kol Nidre by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 8, 2008

“Remember Us”, Rosh Hashanah by Student Rabbi Joe Hample, September 30,2008

“What I Did on My Summer Vacation”, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 29, 2008

“Get Your Hopes Up”, Yom Kippur by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 22, 2007

“Lost and Found”, Kol Nidre by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 21, 2007

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“God in the Overflow Room”, Rosh Hashanah by Student Rabbi Joe Hample, September 13, 2007

“Ever Read the Bible?”, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 12, 2007

“Dreaded Dread”, Yom Kippur Morning by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 2, 2006

“Israel or Bust”, Kol Nidre by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 1, 2006

“The Time to Take Notes of Ourselves, Part 1″, Rosh Hashanah by Student Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, September 24, 2006

“The Time to Take Note of Ourselves, Part 2″, Rosh Hashanah by Student Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, September 24, 2006

“Pick Up a Shovel”, Environmental Action, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 23, 2006

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“Top Hat”, Kol Nidre by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 12, 2005

“Reaching Out to Change the World”, Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 4, 2005

“Katrina, or Change”, Changing Ourselves/Changing the World, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, October 3, 2005

“Listen to the Shofar”, Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Aaron Katz, September 16, 2004

“A Passion to Return”, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 15, 2004

“Life Can Be Beautiful”, Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Sharon Gladstone, September 27, 2003

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“Here I Come, Ready or Not”, Revealing Ourselves to G_d, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 26, 2003

“She’s Moving, She’s Moving”, Jewish Values: Choose Life, T’Shuvah, T’filah, Tzadakkah, Yom Kippur by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 16, 2002

“When Bad Things Are Considered Good Things”, Kol Nidre by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 15, 2002

“Divine Image on Board”, Rosh Hashanah by Jennifer Clayman, September 7, 2002

“I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Blow Your House Down”, Mending Walls and Breaking Down Barriers, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 6, 2002

“Clinging on for Dear Life”, Erev Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 17, 2001

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“The Grief of Terror/The Terror of Grief”, Kol Nidre by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 26, 2001

“Nitzavim – Shabbat Before Rosh Hashanah” by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, September 14, 2001

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Succoth

The Sabbath is an Oasis in Time by Jay Jacobs, October 13, 2000

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Pesach-Passover

“Are the Questions More Important than the Answers?” by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 9, 2006

Feast of Passover by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, April 21, 2000

“What is the Main Purpose of the Seder at Passover?” by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, March 19, 1999

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Shavuoth

Story of Our Engagement by Elissa Barrett and Zsa Zsa Gershick, June 6, 2003

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Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av by Rabbinic Intern Rachel Adler, August 9, 2011

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Rabbi Lisa Edwards’ Torah Portions in the Jewish Journal and Other Special Occasions

“Walk Toward Freedom” – Parashat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), January 11, 2011

Invocation for Stonewall Democratic Club – 30th Annual Stoney Awards, by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, February 4, 2006

“Words and Listening” – Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1), June 29, 2010

“A Moment to Focus” – Shabbat Pesach (Exodus 33:12-34:26), March 29, 2010

“Unsung Heroes” – Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16), January 20, 2010

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