If Not Now, When? A Plea for Our Environment

This is the sermon that I delivered on Yom Kippur morning 5782/2021. The ancient Greeks tell the story of a boy who wanted to touch the sun. The boy’s name was Icarus. And his father was the master craftsman Daedalus. The two of them had been imprisoned by King Minos in the famous Labyrinth ofContinue reading “If Not Now, When? A Plea for Our Environment”

Break the Bonds of Injustice: A Sermon about Race

This is the sermon that I delivered on Yom Kippur morning 5781/2000. It is about racism, privilege, bias, and justice – and about our responsibility to confront this issue and to ensure a just society. The text is below, or you can watch it here: Twenty seven centuries ago, a man stood up in aContinue reading “Break the Bonds of Injustice: A Sermon about Race”

Life Up Your Head! A Yom Kippur Sermon about Awe

Note: This is the sermon that I delivered on Kol Nidrei this year (5781/2020). It is about the importance of “lifting up our heads” to experience what is awe inspiring in the world around us. The text is below, or you can watch it here: There is a strange story in the midrash. It tellsContinue reading “Life Up Your Head! A Yom Kippur Sermon about Awe”

Hineini: Here I Am

This is the sermon that I delivered on Rosh Hashanah morning 5781 (2020) in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is about the ways that we can be there for each other, even when we can’t be together. The text is below, or you can watch it here: When I was four years oldContinue reading “Hineini: Here I Am”

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