Congregant Eli Kramer’s Rosh Hashanah sermon asks the tough question of Jews in America: Are we ignoring the suffering of our fellow citizens? Allowing racism to flourish when we have so often been persecuted for being a minority?
We continue with Abraham and Issac. This week we tackle more of the Akedah, the binding of Isaac.
Barreling down a biblical highway with only two outcomes to be had.
We turn our focus back on Abraham, as we divert our gaze toward Israel.
This past Shabbat, the rabbi at my congregation here in New York spoke on last week’s parsha, Va-era. This parsha includes the Akeidah, the binding of Isaac, and the rabbi spoke on this topic for the first time in several years. He spoke about sacrifices; he sang a song that Leonard Cohen wrote but Judy Collins covered; he talked about parents sending their children as soldiers; he spoke about violence that parents send their children into. Is anyone surprised that I immediately thought about reality television?