Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Sermon For Rosh Hashanah 5778

Does anybody else here remember the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? It’s about a kid named Alexander, about 4 or 5 years old, who is not having a good day.  He gets gum in his hair, and drops his sweater in the sink, and gets criticized by his teacher,Continue reading “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Sermon For Rosh Hashanah 5778”

“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 Courage to Reconcile – A Sermon for Vayigash 5774 (A Tribute to Nelson Mandela)

He is a symbol of hope. Born as a son of a tribal head, he was imprisoned and left to languish. But through the sheer force of hope, through charisma and intelligence and shrewd political manoeuvring, he rose to prominence, he saved his people, and he transformed a nation. It may not be who youContinue reading “The Courage to Reconcile – A Sermon for Vayigash 5774 (A Tribute to Nelson Mandela)”