In parashat Chayei Sarah, Sarah departs and Rebecca enters the story. What can we learn about love in exploring their most intimate relationships?
An extremely difficult sermon to write this week...
In my private life, I've been publicly anti-Trump. I authored three articles outlining my critiques from a Jewish perspective:
"Why I'm a Jew Against Trump"
"Trump is Another False Messiah"
"The Damnable Flip-Flops That Prove Donald Trump is Bad for Israel"
And I designed and maintained jewsagainsttrump.us.
In preparing a sermon the week after he was elected, I am still reeling from the news and struggling to make sense of it. I honestly don't know what the right message is. A message of healing? Of hope? Of opposition? Of introspection?
I settled on telling two stories of the election, both true and both in contradiction to one another. It seems clear to me that there are vast chasms of understanding in our country, and it's important to me to dwell compassionately with fellows on "my side" while also trying to find a way to the "other side" to dwell compassionately with people there. This is hard, and I'm still struggling with the idea. So below is my moment-in-time reflection a few days after the election. I had to say something, and though I'm not sure this was the "right" thing to say, this is where I am today.
“To be effective, the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people.”