The Dynamics of Dispute Shana Tova! Like many of you I have read some good books this past year. One was by Ron Chernow, who wrote, a few years ago, a biography of Alexander Hamilton. The new one is about President Ulysses S. Grant. I don’t think it will be turned into a hip-hop musical, but Chernow’s biography of U. …
By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover I so enjoy reading and rereading books and poetry that I love. Sometimes, lines that I almost skipped over in the first reading seem to jump up off the page in a second or third reading. This often happens to me while reading and rereading Torah. And this is what happened to me while reading this …
Rosh Hashanah Morning Sermon by Rabbi Goldberg Shanah Tovah, Temple Sholom, and Happy Birthday! How one hundred and fifty years young we are! Many here today have been loyal members and great supporters of Temple Sholom for a good portion of this time. Please know how indebted we are to you. Thank you! The success of Temple Sholom is due …
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5778 Sermon By Rabbi Scott Gellman There is a Japanese philosophy known as “wabi-sabi,”which embraces the flawed or imperfect. It values marks of wear that arise due to the use of an object. It treasures the visible cracks and glue that went into the repair. Wabi Sabi promotes keeping an object around even after it has broken. …
Before I begin this evening, I’d like to ask a favor. If you have a watch on, smart, analog, digital, or, what may be more common in 2015, are sitting next to someone with a watch on, take note of the time. According to my watch it is (LOOK AT WATCH!) …. Just keep note of the start time for now, and we’ll return to it at the close of my words this evening. OK, now I can really begin.
A story: There once lived a king much beloved by his subjects. He ruled a little kingdom tucked away in a corner of Europe.
One day an army came and overran the castle, making off with half the treasury. The king decided he had to increase taxes to make up for his losses, and called in one of his wise courtiers to ask how to tell the people the news without inciting a revolt.
Rabbi Conover shares her thoughts on Erev Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Goldberg reflects on Rosh Hashanah.
I have the great privilege to work with entrepreneurs who have taught me a lot. As we begin a period of personal self-reflection and improvement, I wonder if we can use lessons of entrepreneurship and of the high holidays to bring about renewal in our congregation. Surely this should be possible considering that our own Reform movement was an entrepreneurial endeavor to adapt our religion to the modern world.
But you may be skeptical. After all, Judaism is working on version 5774 and Temple Sholom isn’t exactly a startup. Temple Sholom has a magnificent history. Our congregation formed two years after the civil war and will soon celebrate its 150th anniversary. It has counted only 7 senior rabbis. And this building opened its doors during prohibition.
In his famous 1966 essay “No Religion is an Island,” [Union Theological Seminary
Quarterly Review 21:2,1 (January 1966) Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote:
Our era marks the end of complacency, the end of evasion, the end of selfreliance.
Jews and Christians share the perils and the fears; we stand on the brink
of the abyss together. Interdependence of political and economic conditions all
over the world is a basic fact of our situation. Disorder in a small obscure country
in any part of the world evokes anxiety in people all over the world. Parochialism
has become untenable. …
Horizons are wider, dangers are greater. No religion is an island. We are all
involved with one another. Spiritual betrayal on the part of one of us affects the
faith of all of us. Views adopted in one community have an impact on other
communities. Today religious isolationism is a myth.
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