Category Archives: Holidays

Then and Now – Yom Kippur Memorial 5779

The present becomes past very quickly – it is shocking to find what we think of as current events in a history book. Yet sometimes time collapses and past becomes present, especially when we remember deep connections. The perspective we gain on intimate loss provides consolation when then becomes now again. Continue reading

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Here and There – Yom Kippur Morning 5779

The smaller the world gets, the harder it is to live together. Some would abolish all borders and barriers, while others would raise them higher. As America builds walls, as Israelis and “Diaspora” Jews grow farther apart, we grapple with complex identities: individuals, Americans, part of the Jewish family, and human beings. Can we feel connected to “here” and “there”, rather than choosing one or the other? Continue reading

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Good and Evil – Yom Kippur Evening 5779

In a post-modern, post-revelation world, defining good and evil is challenging and yet necessary. Can we admit when we have done wrong, and can we accept when our opponents do right? What is an honest difference of opinion, and what is truly evil that must be resisted? Continue reading

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Us and Them – Rosh Hashana Morning 5779/2018

Rejection and fear of “the other” is deeply rooted in human psychology and culture. An open family that includes both “us” and “them” may be the most successful future for the Jewish people in the 21st Century. Continue reading

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Me and We – Rosh Hashana Evening 5779/2018

The eternal battle between individual and community defines the human and the Jewish condition. What to give to others and what to guard for myself? Continue reading

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Either/And – High Holidays 5779/2018

These talks will be part of High Holiday services in September 2018 for Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation and later available on The Kol Hadash Podcast and as separate posts here (adult events only). If you are interested in celebrating the Jewish New Year with us in Deerfield, … Continue reading

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“It’s All For the Best” – Nizkor 2017

What do we say if we know, deep in our hearts, that this death was not “all for the best”? Continue reading

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