Category Archives: Kol Hadash Shofar

Doing Jewish

Should we stop talking about “being Jewish,” and instead focus on “doing Jewish?” Continue reading

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Being Traditional

I sometimes wonder if people really know what “tradition” means. They tell me they want a “traditional” Jewish wedding, or they say in their family’s Jewish life they “keep the traditions” – but they almost never mean they follow kosher … Continue reading

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Embracing Complexity

This post first appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in November 2017 Did you know that the largest organization in the world that supports the teaching of evolution and opposes the death penalty is the Catholic Church? Political … Continue reading

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Forbidden Phrases for the New Year 5778

These talks will be part of High Holiday services in September 2017 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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Who Needs Rabbis?

It’s a DIY (do it yourself) era, even in Jewish life. Continue reading

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The New Reality

This post originally appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, October 2015 What are the most important Jewish holidays? As usual, it depends who you ask. Most American Jews would respond, “Hanukkah and Passover,” and they are certainly the most-observed … Continue reading

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Jewish Courage

This post originally appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, April 2015 Item – Western Europe: militant Islamists attack both free speech (journalists and cartoonists) and Jewish institutions (a kosher grocery and a synagogue) in murderous rampages in France … Continue reading

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