Early Bird COVID-19 Sermon For The Jewish New Year



Early Bird COVID-19 Sermon For The Jewish New Year


A key prayer connected with the Jewish High Holy Day services states in part, "“On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed, how many shall pass away and how many shall be born, who shall live and who shall die, who in good time and who in an untimely death. Who shall have rest and who shall wander. Who shall become rich and who impoverished.”
This sermon is about how the pandemic has affected our feelings about this chilling prayer about fate and how we might interpret it. An alternate "gentler, kinder" version is offered and discussed. This sermon will be preached in mid-September during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year
Please note: For the date below, I put the month and day I plan to preach the sermon on Zoom; the date I "prepublished" it is June 24th, 2020 in my blog, offbeatcompassion.com


September 18, 2020


Congregation B'nai Israel, a synagogue in Kearny, NJ. Content will only be online on my blog and on Zoom


Conservative Judaism

Spatial Coverage

New Jersey

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