Category Archives: Funerals

“It’s All For the Best” – Nizkor 2017

What do we say if we know, deep in our hearts, that this death was not “all for the best”? Continue reading

Advertisements
Posted in Funerals, High Holidays | 1 Comment

Darkness and Light – A Eulogy

This eulogy was delivered January 1, 2017 for a friend and colleague, David J. Steiner, who died tragically at age 51 in a bus accident in Uganda in late December 2016. You can read some of his writings or an … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals | 1 Comment

And You – Yom Kippur Memorial 5777

This post was originally delivered as a Yom Kippur sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2016/5777 as part of a series entitled “This We Believe.” You can hear audio of the sermon through the Kol Hadash Podcast. No one ever said … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals, Holidays, Humanistic Judaism journal | 1 Comment

Let Go – Yom Kippur Memorial 5776

This post was originally delivered as a Yom Kippur sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2015/5776 as part of a series entitled “The Simplest Things.” You can hear audio of the sermon through the Kol Hadash Podcast. Last November, a … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals, Holidays | 1 Comment

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

This post was originally delivered as part of a High Holidays sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2008; this year’s High Holidays topics are available here. This post previously appeared in 2014 on the Grief Beyond Belief blog and is re-posted from that site … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals | 3 Comments

When Life Seems Too Much, We Are the Most Human

This post was originally delivered as part of a High Holidays sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2008; this year’s High Holidays topics are available here. This post previously appeared in 2014 on the Grief Beyond Belief blog and is re-posted from that … Continue reading

Posted in Funerals | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Funerals, Kol Hadash Shofar | 1 Comment