Thursday, August 16, 2012

Recipe for the perfect High Holiday sermon salad

Rosh Hashanah is a month away! Time to get to work on those High Holiday sermons.

1 premise
2 good stories (if you only have one on hand, it will suffice)
A handful of rabbinic principles
1 quote from Rashi (Ibn Ezra or Ramban will do if you can’t find a good Rashi)
1 bold statement
1 joke
Dash of guilt (note: HANDLE WITH CARE)

Elegant turns of phrase
Witty aphorisms
A personal anecdote or two

Toss well and serve in under 20 minutes.  For some added spice, throw in a deeply moving tale of loss and a few tears.

Serves 300-1800.  
שנה טובה! 
Shanah Tovah!

Rabbi Seth Adelson

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Rabbi Adelson:

    I enjoyed this food metaphor...makes the work of sermon-writing more enticing. I will pass on your sage advice to my culinary rabbinic friends!

    Suri Jacknis
    The Jewish Education Project