Monthly Archives: April 2013

Don’t Just Pray – Choose to ACT!!

Text originally posted to “The Seeker” Chicago Tribune Religion blog here and here. Members of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation are supporting a “Choose to Act” initiative this May 2 as our response to the declared “National Day of Prayer,” and we … Continue reading

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Strength from Humanism in the Face of Death

 Initially printed in the Dec. 2010 The Shofar by Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. Our Humanistic approach to life is certainly challenging–no guarantees of happy endings, no special cosmic attention because of our family, no automatic rules to define what to do and what … Continue reading

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The Jewish American Dream

I recently entered a poetry contest sponsored by Jewish Currents, a self-described “Progressive, Secular Voice” that has a long pedigree/yichus in secular Judaism. The theme of the contest was “The American Dream.” “Dumplings and Dreams” “Kreplach in a khoylem Iz nit … Continue reading

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Salonika – Immigration and Multiculturalism

Originally delivered as a Yom Kippur sermon, this article is reprinted from the Society for Humanistic Judaism‘s journal Humanistic Judaism (Spring/Summer 2010) with permission. A great power faces a great challenge. Bogged down by war in the Middle East, facing difficult diplomatic relations with Europe, and … Continue reading

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Ethnic Bouncers

This article first appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, April 2013 I recently met with a bride-to-be and her fiancé whose personal story made my blood boil. She had been raised Jewish in a Jewish area in Skokie … Continue reading

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