Author Archives: Rabbi Adam Chalom

About Rabbi Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is the Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago. He is also the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Anger, Grief and Consolation – Yom Kippur Memorial 2022/5783

What is the purpose of grief? Grief is a part of any life that has love. Continue reading

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Freedom and Autonomy – Yom Kippur Morning 2022/5783

People talk a lot about freedom, from the Bible then to the Bible Belt today but liberty for whom, and liberty to do what? Continue reading

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Isolation, Tribalism and Community – Yom Kippur Evening 2022/5783

Even as we use technology to connect with any corner of the globe, we can feel more alone than ever. Continue reading

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Personal Values, Public Responsibility – Rosh Hashana Morning 2022/5783

When should our values affect only personal choices, and when should we impose our values on the outside world? Continue reading

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Violence and Safety – Rosh Hashana Evening 2022/5783

We face a crisis – a crisis in Humanist faith, a moral crisis – not just whether people are moral enough, but whether human morality itself is enough for our survival. Continue reading

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Morality in Crisis – High Holidays 2022/5783

These High Holiday sermons were delivered at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in September-October/Tishrei 2022/5783. Video is available on this YouTube playlist. What do we do when it feels like the world is falling apart? Can Jewish … Continue reading

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Freedom To vs. Freedom From

Recent news suggesting that the US Supreme Court is about to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that nationally legalized abortion – either long-feared or long-awaited, depending on one’s beliefs – has brought to mind Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian … Continue reading

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Ever Again?

We have said “never again,” but given the realities of human nature, we are chagrined to confess it might be more like “ever again.” Continue reading

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A Purim Newsletter 2022/5782

You may have thought your Jewish education was complete with knowing how to make latkes for Rosh Hashana…. 😉 Continue reading

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Power and Powerlessness

Where do I find the power to face the challenges of life? Continue reading

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