Category Archives: Holidays

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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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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The Many and the One – Yom Kippur Memorial 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Yom Kippur Memorial services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  How can we wrap our minds around … Continue reading

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The American House Divided – Yom Kippur Morning 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Yom Kippur Morning services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  In 2001, Rosh Hashana began just six … Continue reading

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The Jewish House Divided – Yom Kippur Evening 5782/2021

 This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Yom Kippur Evening services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here.  Content warning: this Yom Kippur sermon will … Continue reading

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