Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum's Rosh Hashanah sermon is available as an audio recording, video recording, and also in writing.
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum's Yom Kippur sermon is available as an audio recording, video recording, and also in writing.
This week, as I've watched news unfold in Afghanistan -- a crisis on so many levels -- my mind keeps returning to the country's women and girls. I can't even begin to fathom what life will be like for them now that they are once again living under Taliban rule. Yesterday, I read one news report proclaiming that "there are no women in the streets" of Kabul, and another explaining that burqa prices have surged tenfold in recent days.
I was startled this week when someone called it "late summer"... even though I know in my brain that we've entered into the months of August and Elul already, even though I can already feel that sunset is coming earlier and earlier, even though I can feel the High Holidays and back-to-school season looming. This summer has felt like a respite tucked between pandemic peaks. For me, the warmer and drier days have translated into more outdoor time, often in community, sometimes even unmasked. It's no wonder I want to soak it all in, and no wonder I'm not feeling ready to let go of this summer... and yet, my mind is constantly racing onto what's next.