ICYMI - Here is an inspired and strongly-delivered Rosh Hashanah sermon - Jewish Pride: Live Up to Your Name - by the one and only Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, the Senior Rabbi of New York's Central Synagogue.
Abq Jew knows - we all just sat through more than a few such sermons at our local shuls, just a few days ago. But Rabbi Buchdahl's (see November 2014's Rabbi Cantor Angela Buchdahl) Rosh Hashanah 5783 sermon - like her Rosh Hashanah 5782 sermon, All Is Not Lost - is really, really good.
What does it mean to be a public Jew right now?
What does it mean to post a Magen David, a Jewish star, on Instagram,
show up to a Hillel event, march in an Israel parade?
Since when did our kids have to hesitate before showing up to a Shabbat dinner?
Weighing what their mere presence might project about who they stand with or what they stand for?
A 2021 Brandeis Center survey of Jewish students on campuses found
50% of students said they hide their Jewish identity.
Half our kids are hiding.
What Rabbi Buchdahl finds devastating is watching the impact antisemitism is having on our next generation, who feel they need to down-play of deny their Jewish identity; who have absorbed the idea that just being a Jew confers some kind of culpability. Brings shame. That is a chilling turn.
Nine different law student groups at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law, have begun this new academic year by amending bylaws to ensure that they will never invite any speakers that support Israel or Zionism.
Here is the strategy that Rabbi Buchdahl proposes.
But know that Rabbi Buchdahl's delivery is everything.