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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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Jewish Futures

Originally appeared in the December 2014 “Shofar” newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation What does the future fold for the Jewish people? The best answer is: who knows? According to Jewish tradition, the last prophet was Malachi, who lived and … Continue reading

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Why Bother? High Holidays 2014/5775

These talks were delivered at High Holiday services for Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, and were later made available through The Kol Hadash Podcast. Why Bother? With 250 TV channels, the World Wide Web, and centuries of human culture to choose … Continue reading

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“Coming Out” as Humanists and Humanistic Jews

A version of this article appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in October 2011. Are we “in the closet” as Humanists and Humanistic Jews? In recent years, the greater Humanist community has begun to learn from the experience … Continue reading

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How and Why

A version of this article appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in August 2012. One of the challenges of a Humanistic philosophy of life is that we sometimes answer the wrong question. When terrible things happen we … Continue reading

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The Power of Change

A version of this article appeared in The Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in May 2012. Humanity is ambivalent about change. Why should Judaism be any different? On one hand, we are nature’s most adaptive species, changing the rules … Continue reading

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Facing Challenges

This article appeared in the June 2013 Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation If our Humanism and our Judaism are meaningful to us, they should help us through difficult times. After all, it’s easy to believe that you are in … Continue reading

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Is Sports a Religion, or is Religion a Sport?

Some of this originally appeared on the Chicago Tribune’s “The Seeker” religion blog and in the Shofar newsletter of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. As NBA and NHL seasons enter the playoffs and MLB is heating up, you will inevitably hear more about the … Continue reading

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Strength from Humanism in the Face of Death

 Initially printed in the Dec. 2010 The Shofar by Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. Our Humanistic approach to life is certainly challenging–no guarantees of happy endings, no special cosmic attention because of our family, no automatic rules to define what to do and what … Continue reading

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