Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5779: Immigration and Social Justice

Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5779: Immigration and Social Justice

Rabbi Robin S. Sparr: When we greet one another at Rosh Hashana, particularly when it arrives so early in the fall, our first question is often, “How was your summer?” We share our adventures and projects and travels---sort of the adult version of “What I did on my summer vacation.” I do hope each of you did something pleasurable and rejuvenating during the summer, and are feeling refreshed and ready to begin a new year. Permit me to ask a somewhat different version of the question: what DID you do over the summer in the realm of tikkun olam, repairing the world...
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Rabbi’s Notes: High Holy Days and Back to School

Rabbi’s Notes: High Holy Days and Back to School

Sometimes, our students tease me as we approach holidays throughout the year, because I claim each one as “my favorite!” Honestly, I cannot pick a favorite – I sincerely love the beauty, rituals, and meaning of every holiday, and the opportunities they provide us to ground ourselves in space and time, with family, friends and food. But the truth is, summer is my favorite time of year. I love the long, bright days, the summer constellations, afternoons at the beach, walking everywhere in open-toed shoes and unburdened by layers of clothing, and summer thunderstorms. I even like the super hot and...
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