Category Archives: Humanism

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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Power and Powerlessness

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

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To Pray or Not to Pray?

If secular people (Jewish or non-Jewish) find themselves in religious settings, what should they do? Continue reading

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Forethought of Grief

Should we prepare for the worst, or hope for the best, or neither? Continue reading

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The Paradox of “Love Your Neighbor”

This post first appeared in slightly different form in the January/February 2022 Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. There are many versions of the so-called “Golden Rule” in human cultures around the world; there are even many versions within … Continue reading

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“I do not have the words”

Sometimes, even when we do not have the words, we still must do something. Continue reading

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Values Voting

This post first appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in February/March 2020 Ready or not, here comes another national campaign year. Primaries, debates, rallies, fundraising appeals, op-eds and Facebook posts. And finally, long after we have had enough, a chance … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Memorial Day

How might Humanist clergy offer an “invocation” and “closing blessing” for a public celebration of Memorial Day? Continue reading

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“Post-Atheist”

One of the first questions I receive as a Humanistic rabbi in any media interview is “Are you an atheist?” – it happened again this past month on Sarasota NPR. One would think that the shock value of an “atheist rabbi” … Continue reading

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