Category Archives: Kol Hadash Shofar

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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Advising Independence

How can a Humanistic Rabbi help people deal with the challenges of life? Continue reading

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Jews and Democracy

This post first appeared as a “Shalom from Rabbi Chalom” column in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in November 2020. Which kind of society is truly “good for the Jews?” There are risks to every system; anything … 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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Humanist Patriotism

Humanist patriotism can be complicated. 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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Jewish and True

Humanistic Judaism evaluates choices from its inheritance through two criteria: 1) Is it Jewish, does it enhance Jewish connections? And 2) Is it true, does it reflect my values and beliefs? Continue reading

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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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