Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Power of Change

A version of this article appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in May 2012. Humanity is ambivalent about change. Why should Judaism be any different? On one hand, we are nature’s most adaptive species, changing the rules … Continue reading

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Funny or Cruel?

Recently an “Off the Derech” (ex-Orthodox) acquaintance/Facebook friend of mine tried selling his portion in the world to come on ebay. This reminded me of a piece I wrote for the Chicago Tribune “Seeker” Religion Blog a few years ago. … Continue reading

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A Test of Humanity, Not Faith

This is a repost from the Chicago Tribune’s “The Seeker” Religion blog, written in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti (2010).  Unfortunately, the Oklahoma tornados (May 2013) are one more example we didn’t need. It can be comforting to imagine … Continue reading

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Facing Challenges

This article appeared in the June 2013 Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation If our Humanism and our Judaism are meaningful to us, they should help us through difficult times. After all, it’s easy to believe that you are in … Continue reading

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Shavuot – A Harvest of Words and Ideas

Some of this blog post is reprinted from the Society for Humanistic Judaism‘s journal Humanistic Judaism (Spring/Summer 2011) with permission. Shavuot (“weeks”) was originally the second of three harvest festivals, celebrating the first fruits of spring planting 50 days after Passover. Rabbinic Judaism added to … Continue reading

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Is Sports a Religion, or is Religion a Sport?

Some of this originally appeared on the Chicago Tribune’s “The Seeker” religion blog and in the Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. As NBA and NHL seasons enter the playoffs and MLB is heating up, you will inevitably hear more about the … Continue reading

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Choose to ACT-3-Comforting Mourners

In this house is a family who has lost their matriarch, whose funeral I will be performing this weekend. We had a very frank and yet loving discussion of a complex and in many ways wonderful woman. Humanistic #choosetoACT can … Continue reading

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