Rabbi Jesse Olitzky delivers a sermon for Parashat Shemini, reflecting on the recent loss of his grandfather, and why Aaron was silent when he heard of the tragic death of his sons.
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky delivers a Yizkor sermon on the final day of Passover, reflecting on the command that “in every generation we should see ourselves as if we left Egypt” and what that means for a mourner.
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky delivers a Passover sermon examining the four children in the Haggadah and the responses that parents give them.
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky delivers a sermon for Shabbat Hagadol about Elijah in the special Haftarah reading and why we invite Elijah to our seder tables and call on the prophet each and every Saturday night when Shabbat concludes
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky delivers a sermon for Shabbat HaChodesh and Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, reflecting on the themes of putting blood on our doorposts in the Maftir reading and Haftarah, and building a sanctuary to worship God, highlighting his experience staffing USY on Wheels.
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky delivers a sermon for Parashat Tetzaveh, while reflecting on the day after Purim, reflecting on how we sometimes hide behind our masks.
Rabbi Olitzky delivered a sermon for Shabbat Shekalim, reflecting on the requirement to give, and the expectation that rich and poor should be treated the same.
Rabbi Olitzky delivered a sermon for Parashat Yitro, reflecting on receiving the Torah at Sinai, and how we struggle with seeing Torah, and our country’s Constitution, as a living document.
Rabbi Olitzky delivered a sermon for Parashat Bo, reflecting on the command to put blood on our doorposts before the tenth plague, and the fact that the Presidential Inauguration took place at the same exact location that a violent insurrection took place only two weeks earlier.
Rabbi Olitzky delivered a sermon for Parashat Shemot about the recent act of sedition at the US Capitol and the importance of standing up against hatred and bigotry.