“Think For Yourself” – A Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5777

“Think for yourself.” It’s what every teacher and every professor ever said to us. “Think for yourself.” It’s what we hope for our children as they go out into the world. “Think for yourself.” Socrates said that, “to find yourself, you must think for yourself” And, Christopher Hitchens wrote that, “[If you} take the riskContinue reading ““Think For Yourself” – A Sermon for Rosh Hashanah 5777″

Al Tira – Do Not Be Afraid: A Sermon for Kol Nidre 5776

What are we all so afraid of? About 40 years ago, in the mid 1970s, a psychologist named Roger Hart did a study on the playing behaviours of children in a small town in Vermont. He documented their activities; he interviewed all 86 children in the town about the places where they played. And heContinue reading “Al Tira – Do Not Be Afraid: A Sermon for Kol Nidre 5776”

The Toolkit: A Reflection for Rosh Hashanah 5776

Once, there were two builders – one wise and one foolish. They were on a journey to a jobsite in a faraway town, and each one carried his tool belt with him as they made their way. As night approached, the builders felt weary and stopped at an inn to sleep. Since they were afraidContinue reading “The Toolkit: A Reflection for Rosh Hashanah 5776”

A Meditation for Selichot

On this night of forgiveness, we think about the wrongs that have been done. There are people we have wronged. There are people who have wronged us.   Our tradition teaches us to be like God, to be “rachum v’chanun erech apayim v’rav chesed v’emet” – compassionate and gracious, forgiving and slow to anger and filledContinue reading “A Meditation for Selichot”

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