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FACING THE BAD THINGS OF NATURE AND HUMAN HANDS

Rosh Hashanah 2011 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   For me the carefree days of my youth during the summer time were spent either in the Adirondacks or on Cape Cod.  We hiked the trails in the mountains, swam in a chilly lake, had cookouts and campouts, and went to the same ice cream parlor every visit.  Or we played in the …

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ABRAHAM AND ME

Rosh Hashanah 2012 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   This past June I visited Germany and Poland with my son Oren.  I will be making a presentation about the trip at one of our Sunday adult study programs in October, but this morning I want to talk to you about a place we did not visit and how I had a realization …

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RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Rosh Hashanah 2013 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   As I have done regularly to open our High Holidays services, I’d like to share a brief message that is intended to set a mood and a context for our celebration and observance. A year ago last summer, I went on the first of several family history expeditions with my son, Oren, who …

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THE TIME IS NOW

Rosh Hashanah 2014 Rabbi Peter H. Schweitzer   This past May I made a call to a well-known chain store that specializes in houseware and furniture.  I had read about a particular product on-line but I wanted some more information. I’m guessing that many of the people in this room probably first read about us on-line too.   And you found …

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HUBBLE AT 25

Rosh Hashanah 2015   Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   For many years I had a favorite sign that I saw posted on a Catholic church in Cincinnati.  It read, “Noon mass, 12:10pm.”  I figured they were running on Jewish-delayed time. But now I have a new favorite sign.  If you’ve driven down the West Side Highway you’ve probably seen it too. …

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VULNERABILITY

Tashlikh 2015 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   Normally, we use this moment in the service to talk briefly about the Tashlikh ceremony, a practice in which Jews symbolically cast off sins by shaking crumbs of bread into a large, natural body of flowing water.  Today I want to share some extended thoughts about two books and the two men who wrote …

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THE SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE

Tashlikh 2016 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   There’s a very old custom associated with Rosh Hashanah. It’s called tashlikh, a practice in which Jews shake crumbs into streams and rivers. It’s a way of symbolically casting off sins.  Traditions change and over the years we have chosen to alter the tashlikh practice using new ideas, new readings, and new practices. For …

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MAKE US A KING

Rosh Hashanah 2016 “MAKE US A KING” Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   The Jewish pessimist is the one who says, “Oy, things couldn’t get any worse,” The Jewish optimist is the one who replies brightly, “Sure they can!” As I have done regularly to open our High Holidays services, I’d like to share a message that is intended to set a …

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