Cutting Room Floor
In 2017 I published A Precious Heritage: Rabbinical Reflections on God, Judaism, and the World in the Turbulent Twentieth Century, composed of thirty-six of my favorite sermons written by my father, Rabbi Sidney Ballon, during his lifetime in the pulpit. Needless to say there were dozens of other excellent sermons I could have included. Here are some of those. Bear in mind, his drafts for oral presentation don't always meet the standards that are usually commanded of the printed page. Moreover, the sermons published here have not gone through the extensive editing process that the ones in the book underwent. There may also be some transcription errors where my dictation software misinterpreted my reading of the sermon. Forgive me for not scrutinizing these texts as much as they deserve, but I hope you get the gist of these such as they are. I'd be happy to receive any suggested corrections you may offer.