Tag Archives: Rosh Hashana

Personal Values, Public Responsibility – Rosh Hashana Morning 2022/5783

When should our values affect only personal choices, and when should we impose our values on the outside world? Continue reading

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Violence and Safety – Rosh Hashana Evening 2022/5783

We face a crisis – a crisis in Humanist faith, a moral crisis – not just whether people are moral enough, but whether human morality itself is enough for our survival. Continue reading

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The Plague – Rosh Hashana 5782/2021

This High Holiday sermon was delivered at Rosh Hashana evening services at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in September/Tishrei 2021/5782. It was part of a series entitled “After Disaster.” Video of these High Holiday services and sermons is available here. Every spring, most … Continue reading

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Shall Not the Judge Do Justice?

This post was originally delivered as a Yom Kippur Evening sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago in September 2020. It was part of a series on Five Jewish Questions. Video is available here. Consider Abraham. Abraham is told that the city of … Continue reading

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Am I my brother’s keeper? And who is my brother? Continue reading

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Who Am I, That I Should Confront Pharaoh?

If you were Moses, what would you do? Continue reading

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In Person

What does it mean to be “in person”? Thoughts for a very different Jewish New Year 2020/5781. Continue reading

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Time and Space 2020

Time and Space 2020
Written for a very different Jewish New Year. Continue reading

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Old Challenges Anew – Political Civil War (Rosh Hashana 5780/2019

We are heirs of this experiment in holy disagreement; I hope we have learned its lessons well. Continue reading

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Old Challenges Anew – Antisemitism (Rosh Hashana 5780/2019)

A rising tide of bigotry lifts all hatreds. Beware of simple answers. Continue reading

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