The richness and depth of the Jewish tradition is lost to Morrie's children and often to our children as well. Yom Kippur, 2000.
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis
The rituals of Passover illustrate that the Jewish Messianic dream is not to escape from the world, but to repair this earthly universe.
Passover is the root story for western civilization. Passover of the past is a pretaste of the society that is yet to be.
A memorial service for the assassinated Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.
Rabbi Schulweis, having recently recovered from an illness himself, gives guidelines for visiting the sick.
The story of the binding of Isaac can be seen as an evolution of Judaism from a time of blind faith to a time wherein we are instructed to follow God with one's mind and moral judgment.Selichot, 1999.
Ethical action can be like the sound of the shofar- there are high notes and low notes and sadly, no notes. Yom Kippur, 1992
A new spirit and a new way of thinking can counteract our polarization and our terrible anger coming from the century of the Shoah.
Rabbi Schulweis's post-impeachment commentary on National Public Radio. February 12, 1999
God's role in natural disasters, in this case the earthquake, is examined by considering the Jewish understanding of the two aspects of God, Elohim and Adonai; the God of Nature and the God of Humanity.
How Tzedakah, a root virtue in Judaism, should be carried out. Selichot, 1997
Two Prophets: Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; they shed the same tears.
Choose carefully; before you try to change the world, change yourself.
What you might hear if you watched two of today's foremost attorneys arguing the cases for and against a literal translation of the Torah.
A personal theological journey into the existential questions of the problems of evil and the two aspects of God: nature and morality.
Considering vegetarianism as a higher order of keeping kosher.
From the sanctuary of the hospital Rabbi Schulweis contemplates the sanctuary of Judaism. Judaism emphasizes the importance of making life meaningful on earth; other religions choose to stress salvation. Rosh Hashana 2002.
How VBS's volunteer programs create a synagogue which extends itself to heal the members of its community.
Harold Schulweis proposes the creation of a synagogue based Judaic para-professionl program to combat the loneliness and isolation of today's society.
A strong call for political action to form a non partisan Jewish Coalition based on Jewish principles of morality, and to oppose social Darwinism which allows the weak and least favored to go under. Rosh Hashana, 1995.
Shivah is a time to honor memories, whether good or bad. Passover Yizkor, 1996.
Whoever refuses to acknowledge past tragedies and pain, searching only for life's pleasures, robs himself of the greatest pleasure of all: the gratification and fulfillment which come from the joy of using to its fullest, all which is still his. Yizkor, 1997.
Shavuot - Yizkor
by Harold M. Schulweis
The holiday of Shavuot is dedicated to revelation. Revelation implies that something is concealed. The human thirst and hunger for revelation is pervasive.
Somehow we sense that there is something more beneath the surface of things. The world is not what it appears to be. There is something deeper, hidden beneath the appearances of the world.
The world is too flat. Is that all there is, the accumulation of things: more toys, more games, more property?
In Judaism there is no dichotomy between Torah and science. Science is concerned with "what is." History is concerned with "what was." Torah is concerned with "what should be." Yom Kippur 2002.
Another plea to recognize that traditional law regarding homosexuals is not frozen. Judaism should no longer regard homosexuality as an abomination. Shaming others is an abomination which we should cleanse from our midst. December, 1996
Honoring the Catholic Rescuers. Yom HaShoah Service, April 28, 2006
View the sculpture by George Segal of Abraham and Isaac through the eyes of faith and morality. May, 1977.
There are serious differences between Christmas and Hannukkah. What you need to know about yourself and your Judaism and how to explain it to your kids and grandkids.
Salvador Dali shows Moses to be a divided man in all his humanity--always in between. God and Moses have a kinship in the common effort to lead the people to their spiritual potentiality.
The Sabbath can bring balance, sanity and spirituality to our lives. Yom Kippur, 1997