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9 months ago • Sep 25, 2023
This is the Moral Earthquake
How must we respond to the danger posed by Israel’s extreme, ultranationalist government?
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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9 months ago • Sep 25, 2023
Loneliness, Community, & Why We Need One Another: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy & Rabbi Sharon Brous
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy & Rabbi Sharon Brous in conversation.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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9 months ago • Sep 24, 2023
In Search of You — Kol Nidre Sermon
Kol Nidre Sermon 5784.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
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10 months ago • Sep 17, 2023
Repair and Reparation for America: the Spiritual Work of Building the Beloved Community
Pastor Eddie Anderson, Reverend Zachary Hoover, and Rabbi Sharon Brous in conversation on Rosh Hashanah day 2 5784.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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10 months ago • Sep 16, 2023
What Matters Most — Rosh Hashanah I, 5784
Some reflections on ending well, and what we pray will never end, offered on my father’s shloshim—the end of the most intense period of mourning.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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10 months ago • Sep 15, 2023
More Perfect than Before
Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon. Engaging fully in the introspection of this High Holiday season can land us deep in shame and unable to move. But there is another way: be honest about our shortcomings, witness them and embrace them, and then transform them into something else entirely.
By: Rabbi Hannah Jensen
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1 year ago • Oct 5, 2022
Ban The Bible — 5783/2022
Yom Kippur 5783/2022. I spent the summer reading banned books. Here’s what I learned: empathy poses the greatest threat to tyranny. Art is the antidote to numbness. And Torah is the most dangerous book of all.  
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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1 year ago • Sep 26, 2022
We Need a Subversive Sequel — Rosh Hoshanah I, 5783
Rosh Hoshanah I, 5783. Our world is crying out for a subversive sequel, a redemption narrative. It’s time to write a new and better, more just and more inclusive version of our story. We must plant seeds for the future now, before it’s too late.    
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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1 year ago • Sep 25, 2022
The Earth Speaks — Erev Rosh Hashanah 5783/2022
The Earth’s chorus of voices demands moral engagement, a new approach to our planet in peril.
By: Rabbi Morris Panitz
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2 years ago • Sep 16, 2021
We Belong to One Another: Living in the Plural
Yom Kippur 5782/2021 Sermon. In this time of us vs them, tribalism and violence, dehumanization and cruelty, we must remember: we belong to each other.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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2 years ago • Sep 15, 2021
The Angels Among Us
Kol Nidre 5782/2021 Sermon. Angels appear in moments of vulnerability and fear. They are sent on sacred missions at particular moments to offer moral strength, clarity and hope. This is a call to recognize the angels among us, and to hear when we, too, are called to step forward on a sacred mission of our own.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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2 years ago • Sep 8, 2021
Searching for Faith
Rosh Hashanah II, 5782 Sermon. My brother and I have been having this recurring argument, for the last five years or so. And he always wins. And the basic question always being debated is, “Are we doomed?
By: Rabbi David Kasher
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2 years ago • Sep 7, 2021
The Still, Small Voice
Rosh Hashanah I, 5782 Sermon. We’re taught calculus and economics, US History and British Literature in school, but we’re hardly taught anything at all about how to get quiet, how to find awe, to cultivate conscience, to develop a moral compass. We start the year with a call to stillness: a reordering of our inner world. A discernment practice that is both spiritually and morally audacious, and utterly essential today.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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2 years ago • Sep 6, 2021
From Deluge to Dove
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5782 Sermon.
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3 years ago • Sep 28, 2020
The Path To Redemption: A Conversation with Bryan Stevenson & Rabbi Sharon Brous
Yom Kippur 5781 Sermon.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
Sermon
3 years ago • Sep 27, 2020
Sometimes Love IS a Call to Action
Kol Nidre 5781 Sermon. At some point, we will emerge from the acute, multilayered crises of our time. We’re not there yet. Before us will be battles great and small. This will be a defining moment, not only for our nation, but for each of us. We must act with fierce determination in the coming months, and even as we confront these challenges with everything we’ve got, we must plant for tomorrow, holding faith that those seeds will eventually bear fruit.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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3 years ago • Sep 20, 2020
On Being Alone
Rosh Hashana II 5781 Sermon. I want to tell you, today, a little bit about what it has been like being alone, living alone during this pseudo-quarantine, and spending most of my time, for half a year now, alone in my house. I want to talk about it in part because I know there are a lot of you out there who have been alone during this time, and I want to lift up this experience of ours – a shout of solidarity to my brothers and sisters in solitude! But I also want to talk about it because I learned things from that solitude, and because I think there’s something important about being alone that matters for us all.
By: Rabbi David Kasher
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3 years ago • Sep 19, 2020
A World is Dying, A World Is Being Born
Rosh Hashana 5781 Sermon. Our ancestors grieved. They told the truth about the past. And they built a new future—a counter-testimony to the world that was. This is our blueprint, an ancient wisdom born of suffering, and a way forward through painful and uncertain times.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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3 years ago • Sep 18, 2020
The Splash Zone
Erev Rosh Hashana 5781 Sermon. Given the harrowing year we’ve been having, you might think that the spiritual work we are called to do during this holy season, the work of teshuvah, is too much to ask of us. Haven’t we been through enough? Aren’t we just trying to survive all this? But it turns out that what we have been enduring might actually be the climate most ripe for self-reflection and transformation. While there has been so much upheaval and loss, all this forced, destructive change has also given us a chance to engage in generative change. This Rosh Hashanah, more than ever, we are galvanized for renewal and growth.
Sermon
3 years ago • Sep 18, 2020
May her memory be a blessing
Erev Rosh Hashana 5781 Sermon. Brief remarks by Rabbi Sharon Brous on the loss of tzaddeket Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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4 years ago • Oct 9, 2019
Family Ties
Yom Kippur 5780 Sermon. After a hard year for the Jews, what can we learn about Jewish peoplehood, antisemitism, and our rightful place in a sometimes hostile world? (audio and text versions below video)
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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4 years ago • Oct 8, 2019
Life Eternal: Say My Name
Kol Nidre 5780 Sermon. Lifting up the teachings and actions of our loved ones who have died  may be the blessing, even when the dawn has yet to come. (audio and text links below video)
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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4 years ago • Sep 30, 2019
The Climate Crisis is Here: What We Do Matters
Rosh Hashanah I, 5780 Sermon. The temperatures are rising, the Amazon is burning, storm surges are devastating our cities. It matters how we respond to this crisis. Even while we can’t do everything, there is no moral or scientific calculation that justifies doing nothing. We must be part of a culture shift, a shift in consciousness. We must build islands of spiritual resistance. דבר זה תלוי בנוּ– the matter depends on us.
By: Rabbi Sharon Brous
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4 years ago • Sep 29, 2019
Kindness: An Ethic. A Theology. An Act of Resistance
Erev Rosh Hashanah, 5780 Sermon. Why doing good feels so good. And why we must re-commit to an ancient rabbinic ethic at this moment in our nation’s history.
By: Rabbi David Kasher