Sermons: Rabbi Farkas
Yom Kippur is not supposed to be a sad holiday. We have other holidays that are sad. We have Tisha B’Av, a night and day of fasting that memorializes the destruction of the Temple. It takes place in the middle of the summer because nothing says summer vacation better than being told to put down your margarita to mourn the loss of building 2,000 years ago.
On a much more serious note, there’s Yom HaShoah, where we read the names of the victims of the holocaust. It is a serious day indeed. Even Passover has its elements of anger like at the end of the Seder we open the door for Elijah, the harbinger of the messiah and we recite “Pour out your wrath” upon those that seem to keep the world from redemption.
To my dearest children,
There comes a time in every family’s life where the playthings and the good times must be put on hold for a short time so some serious words can be said. There comes a time in every Jewish family where parents have to sit down with their children and speak of what it means to be a Jew in a Gentile world. My parents sat me down to have this talk as did their parents before them and theirs before them. I wish I would never have to, but now is the time to speak of what has unfortunately become, in the case of the Jewish People, an eternal truth.
Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas, Rosh Hashanah 5777