I delivered six sermons over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, 5773. These two sermons in particular – Second Day Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre – are of the same cloth: What will be the fate and destiny of the Jews when threatened from within (lack of knowledge, lack of solid core identity) as well as threatened from without (the existential situation of the Jewish State this moment).
While my Kol Nidre sermon has gotten more attention, Second Day Rosh Hashanah is just as important. As Kol Nidre challenges us to name what I see as salient truths about Israel’s fate, Second Day Rosh Hashanah names the dilemma of the non-Orthodox: how do you sustain both Judaism and Jews when you lack the natural resources of Judaism to begin with?
The two sermons are inextricably bound together: The stronger we are from within, the more strength we provide not just Israel, but the larger Jewish People. And I hardly mean “hard” strength alone — although it’s impossible to pretend that need away. I don’t assume universal agreement with what I said on the Holidays, and I’m keen for any feedback you wish to share.