Blessed Art Thou, Mr. Deity

I am a long-time fan of the Mr. Deity YouTube series.  If you aren’t familiar with this hysterical creation, here’s a great episode to start with.  It’s called Mr. Deity and the Philosopher. … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashanah at Congregation Beth Adam, Boca Raton

Here is my talk from Thursday morning:Last night I was thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you and speak of the great joy that I feel sharing this holiday with you. I talked a little about the historical place of Rosh Hashanah and about how Secular Humanistic Judaism is the one way of being Jewish that allows us to be honest about why we are here, without the irrelevancies of traditional God-oriented themes to distract us.I concluded last night by noting that as secular … [Read more...]

Erev Rosh Hashanah at Congregation Beth Adam, Boca Raton

Here's my speech from Erev Rosh Hashanah:Just a few short years ago, I stood before a crowd of synagogue attendees on Rosh Hashanah and, as I had done for more than two decades, led them in a worship service. Few of those in attendance were regulars at synagogue worship. In fact, given their general lack of participation I couldn’t imagine that many had been to a synagogue since last year’s holidays, the odd bar or bat mitzvah excepted. Most rabbis are bothered by this and invest a great deal o … [Read more...]