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Rabbi Bazeley’s Sermons

Who Is Really Amalek? – Kol Nidrei 5782

Posted on October 26, 2021

With grief and sorrow in his voice he pleaded with us, “I need a hug. That’s all I need from Israel, from my home, I need a hug. Somebody needs to embrace me because I can’t hold out for much … Read more...

A Covenant of Human Solidarity – Rosh Hashanah 5782

Posted on October 26, 2021

As some of you may know my wife, Alyson, is one of the Assistant Directors at Crane Lake Camp. Crane Lake Camp is one of the camps affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism it’s also where Alyson and I … Read more...

Living In A World of Uncertainty – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5782

Posted on October 26, 2021

There is a joke that all Rabbinical Students and graduates of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion share, or at least we did when I went there. It has to do with what our seminary didn’t teach … Read more...

Kol Nidrei – An Israel Sermon – Kol Nidrei 5781

Posted on September 30, 2020

For as long as I can remember, the phrase “The Kol Nidrei Sermon” has always been synonymous with the phrase “The Israel Sermon.” The congregation that I grew up in has had only three senior rabbis, Rick Jacobs, Sue Ann … Read more...

Know Justice and Know Peace – Rosh Hashanah 5781

Posted on September 22, 2020

While I am from Brooklyn, I did something in the summer of 2000 which, unknown to me, was probably my first act of becoming a true New Jersian and that was that a friend of mine and I went to … Read more...

The Breath of God – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5781

Posted on September 22, 2020

Every year during the summer Alyson and I usually take the boys up to a place called The Chautauqua Institute. It’s in Upstate New York and it’s where my in-laws, Beth and Les, spend their summers. I like to describe … Read more...

The Difference Between It and Thou – Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780

Posted on October 24, 2019

The Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, the seminary where both Rabbi Glasser and I were ordained, while a fantastic seminary, has not always been good with talking about God and spirituality. For example, I was in my … Read more...

Once Again We Mourn – May 3, 2019

Posted on June 5, 2019

In the Book of Leviticus, there is a commandment that states, “You shall not hate another in your heart” and in the Talmud, there is a discussion about it.1 The sages very clearly wrestle with this commandment and wonder what … Read more...

The Exodus: History or Memory? – April 26, 2019 – 14 Nissan 5779

Posted on June 5, 2019

If there’s one thing that we enjoy, it’s a good story. In fact, one might say that Jews are the original story-telling people. Long before we theologized, philosophized, and rhapsodized about religion, we told stories around the campfire. Judaism does … Read more...

May Our Doors Be Open Wide – Rosh Hashanah 5779

Posted on September 13, 2018

I have always been interested in where we draw our “lines of disbelief.” The “line of disbelief” is that barrier between what you are able to accept as being plausible and what is just one step too far.  The Torah … Read more...