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Old Challenges Anew – High Holidays 5780/2019

Jewish history and the human experience have been full of difficult moments: disasters, persecutions, suffering. What have we learned to survive, and how can that help us face today’s challenges? Continue reading

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This World – Rosh Hashana morning 5777

This post was originally delivered as a Rosh Hashana 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.             A vision … Continue reading

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Humanism for Humanistic Jews

This post was originally a 2004 Yom Kippur sermon delivered at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation.  Humanists are individuals, and Jews are famous for being opinionated. Imagine the challenge and the paradox of a congregation of Humanistic Jews. When David Ben … Continue reading

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#ChoosetoACT number 2 – Donating a heavy box of used children’s books to Bernie’s Book Bank, a wonderful charity that provides free books and even home libraries to children and families who need them. So far, haven’t felt excluded by … Continue reading

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ChoosetoACT #1

You don’t have to buy an American-made plug-in hybrid to #choosetoACT, but mine showed up yesterday! Members of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation are supporting a “Choose to Act” initiative this May 2 as our response to the declared “National Day of Prayer,” … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

Several years ago, shortly before my first child was born, I imagined creating a daily blog to match the “daf yomi” daily page of Talmud study ( I managed to keep up some form of the blog for a time, … Continue reading

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