Articles: Rabbi Schulweis

Disclaimer: These pages contain only a sampling of the articles, poems and sermons by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis (z”L), who came to Valley Beth Shalom in 1970. Some of the material in these pages is listed with the date at which the material was posted on a Valley Beth Shalom website, not the date the material originated. The Harold M. Schulweis Institute contains the world’s largest collection of Rabbi Schulweis’ material legacy and provides capability for an accurate search of the full archive by date.

The Ethics of the Neighbor

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:00am
In a fifth-century midrash, Pesikta Derav Kahana, commenting on the first words of the Ten Commandments, I am the Lord thy God, some sages ask, "How is it possible that 600,000 Israelites stood at the foot of Sinai and one Voice addressed an entire people, yet every individual was convinced that the Voice was addressed to him personally?"

Valley Beth Shalom Passport: A Guide to Ethical Action

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 8:15am
Seeing their nakedness, Adam and Eve fled from before the presence of the Lord. When Jonah heard the voice telling him to go forth and to prophesy to the people of Nineveh, he hid himself in the gray womb of the whale.

"Al Keyn" - Therefore

Published on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 10:30am
The evening Ma’ariv prayer that precedes the Sh’ma speaks of God’s love of the House of Israel, and of the Torah, law, and precept, which God has taught His people.

Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change

Published on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 9:30am
"Teshuvah" – turning, repentance, reconciliation – is a gift given to all people. People change, institutions change, policies change.

The Pragmatics of Pluralism

Published on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 6:30am
"A person might think 'since the house of Shammai declares unclean and the house of Hillel declares clean, this one prohibits and that one permits, how then can I learn Torah?'" Scripture says "Words...the words. These are the words."

Evolution & Eden

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:30am
As Jews we are in the year 5766. Our daily calendars are set to 2006, based on the birth of Jesus Christ. But if we were to go by geological time, the beginning of the world would have to go back at least 3.6 billion years.

The Rabbi Facing Modernity

Published on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 8:30am
Even when the rabbi believes he has the answers, he must know the "fragestellung," the form the question takes. The answering text must respond to the context of the questioner's life situation.

What do we owe the stranger?

Published on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:15pm
Beautiful Piece from the Jewish Journal with the incomparable Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis.