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The High Holy Day of Election Day

10/23/2020 06:00:20 PM

Oct23

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

Rabbi Sam Gordon Headshot

We are in the Hebrew month of Heshvan. Traditionally this month is seen as different from all the other months of the year because, unlike all the other months, there are no festivals, holidays, or observances that occur in Heshvan....Read more...

Yom Kippur Sermon

09/28/2020 10:40:12 AM

Sep28

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

This past January, I was honored to be asked to deliver the keynote address at the Rainbow Push Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency downtown. I was truly grateful for the invitation and more than a little surprised. I shared my...Read more...

Kol Nidre Sermon

09/27/2020 08:00:43 PM

Sep27

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

Rabbi Gordon speaks at Ruth Bader Ginsburg vigil, Federal Plaza, Chicago, 9/19/20

Ten days ago, we were profoundly saddened by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It was not a...Read more...

Taking the Long View - Rosh Hashanah Sermon

09/19/2020 10:48:42 AM

Sep19

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

In the months since John Lewis’ funeral, I have thought a great deal about one particular comment from President Barack Obama. President Obama asked those in attendance to imagine what the Alabama State Troopers would have said the evening of Bloody...Read more...

Finding Comfort Amid the Storm - Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon

09/18/2020 04:30:42 PM

Sep18

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels

Well, here we are. I don’t think anyone could have imagined just six months ago that the High Holy Days would look like this. Our lives have been turned upside down. The sense of safety and security that I know I took for granted before the pandemic, has come crashing down around us, leaving...Read more...

Finding Sacred Time in the Midst of Chaos

08/06/2020 08:15:45 PM

Aug6

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

We are now in the first week of August. In normal times, we might be thinking about these final weeks of summer and anticipating the upcoming fall season. For many families, this time would usually mean shopping for the new...Read more...

Creating New Realities After Crises

07/24/2020 11:09:55 AM

Jul24

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

About a half-hour before Rosh Hashanah services of 2002 were to begin, a mini-tornado ripped through Wilmette, largely along Lake Avenue. Trees were down, roads were blocked, and power was out. A hailstorm brought a covering of...Read more...

Commanded to Choose Life - For Ourselves and for Others

07/10/2020 09:12:47 AM

Jul10

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

In the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 22, we are taught:

When you build a new house you shall make a parapet (a guardrail) for your roof, so that you do not bring blood guilt on your house if anyone should fall from...Read more...

4th of July

07/03/2020 07:35:17 AM

Jul3

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

We are living in a turbulent time. Long-held beliefs and assumptions are being questioned. Certainly, White America is being confronted with the reality of systemic racism that has been ignored for far too long. It is fitting that we are beginning to...Read more...

The Battle of 16th and H

06/11/2020 11:19:00 AM

Jun11

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

The prophet Jeremiah wrote:

“Seek the well-being of the city to which I have sent you, and pray to the Eternal on its behalf; for in its prosperity, you shall prosper.” (29:7)

American Jews have always found in these words of Jeremiah...Read more...

A Challenge for This Time

06/03/2020 12:42:32 PM

Jun3

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

I am struggling to articulate a path through the pain and worry I feel. I truly fear for our nation. Ever since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have worried about our physical, psychological, and economic health. I have wondered how we would emerge...Read more...

Our Synagogue is Open; Our Building is Closed

05/28/2020 11:51:17 AM

May28

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

We are Congregation Sukkat Shalom, a shelter of peace. A sukkah is a simple structure, impermanent, fragile, and open. The imagery of a sukkah was central to the message we were trying to send in the early years after the founding of our congregation. For...Read more...

No Rush to Return to "Normal"

04/26/2020 03:53:46 PM

Apr26

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

These are truly challenging times. Due to the current pandemic, we have had to shelter at home, avoid human contact with those outside our immediate family, and close our...Read more...

How Jewish History Helps Us Understand These Current Times

04/20/2020 10:11:58 AM

Apr20

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

The story is told about an encounter between Henry Kissinger and Chou En Lai. Kissinger, knowing Chou was a student of history, asked him about the impact of the French Revolution. Chou answered: “Too soon to...Read more...

Covid 19 Letter

03/12/2020 12:20:35 PM

Mar12

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

We find ourselves in uncharted waters. It is far too early to know the long term impact of this Coronavirus pandemic. We pray for the health and wellbeing of all of you, your families, and dear ones. At Sukkat Shalom we are taking every precautionary...Read more...

Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Rainbow Push Chicago Breakfast, Keynote Address

01/20/2020 03:23:46 PM

Jan20

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

January 20, 2020

I ask you to imagine for a moment that Dr. King is with us this morning. It is not so impossible a thought. He would have been 91. Now imagine the breakfast is over, and Dr. King goes upstairs out the front door of this hotel and walks onto Wacker Drive. If he looks to the north, he...Read more...

Anti-Semitism Today - Kol Nidre 2019

10/16/2019 12:53:03 PM

Oct16

by Rabbi Samuel Gordon

October 8, 2019

This past October, I led an interfaith trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan composed of a little over two dozen congregants of Sukkat Shalom and First Congregational Church of Wilmette. It was a wonderful pilgrimage with our...Read more...

On Living a Life of Meaning - Yom Kippur Morning 2019

10/11/2019 02:47:08 PM

Oct11

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

On Living a Life of Meaning

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Opening our Hearts to the Sacred - Erev Rosh Hashanah 2019

10/01/2019 10:23:54 AM

Oct1

by Rabbi Carlie Daniels

I’m wondering: Why are you here this evening? Yes, I know it’s Erev Rosh Hashanah. I know that some of you are here because your parents made you come. And some are here because even though your parents or grandparents died many years ago, their voice still echoes loudly in your head, they...Read more...

A Parable for Family School

11/05/2018 01:31:00 PM

Nov5

Rabbi Samuel Gordon

The Tree of Knowing and The Tree of Life

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Remarks of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sukkat Shalom Service of Healing, 10/29/18

11/05/2018 01:28:21 PM

Nov5

Rev. Jesse Jackson

We share this pain together

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Archives of a Past Battle - Yom Kippur Morning 2018

09/27/2018 03:13:00 PM

Sep27

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Archives of a Past Battle

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Saving the Children - Rosh Hashanah Morning 2018

09/27/2018 03:08:28 PM

Sep27

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Saving the Children

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Finding Holiness in the Broken Pieces - Erev Rosh Hashanah 2018

09/25/2018 09:39:23 PM

Sep25

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels

Kol Nidre 5779  That Which Changes That Which Remains the Same--September 18, 2018

09/23/2018 07:38:55 PM

Sep23

Rabbi Samuel N Gordon

That Which Changes That Which Remains the Same

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Gaza and Jerusalem

05/22/2018 01:18:04 PM

May22

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Gaza and Jerusalem

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#Metoo - Sarai's Story

10/27/2017 07:18:32 PM

Oct27

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels

#MeToo Sarai's Story

Friday, October 27, 2017 

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Naming Evil

09/30/2017 07:20:52 PM

Sep30

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Naming Evil

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Who by Fire, Who by Water

09/21/2017 07:26:42 PM

Sep21

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Who by Fire, Who by Water

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Zachor: History and Memory

09/21/2017 07:24:38 PM

Sep21

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Zachor: History and Memory

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