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Sermon for Kol Nidre: "Science and Sinai"
Sermon for Yom Kippur Day: "#UsToo"
Tonight’s message is an urgent one, for three reasons.
So, given the inordinate pressure being placed on science by people ostensibly representing religion, we must stand tall in defense of science. And we at TBE are doing just that.
Say a blessing – Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohaynu Melech Ha-Olam, Oseh Ma’asey Bereisheet. Blessed are you, Source of All, Architect of Creation.
Dear Mr. Marcus:
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish the delusion but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind.
With my best wishes,
And oh, I love the life around me, a part of everything is here in me.
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, Heavenly Parent, let my country awake.
How humiliating! How delightful
How poignant it'll be on that inevitable night
When she hammers on my door in tears and rags
Will I take her in or hurl her to the walls,
Give her kindness or the treatment she deserves?
Will I take her back or throw the baggage out?
This. Is. Us.