This Rosh Hashanah, a Passionate Call to Action

Religion News Service’s Yonat Shimron reports that as Jews gather to celebrate the Jewish New Year this week, rabbis across the country are using their sermons to speak about pressing issues including anti-Semitism. Shimron writes, “To many of the nation’s rabbis, most of whom opposed Trump in the general election and skew liberal on social issues, the Republican administration’s actions have been deeply disturbing. So much so, that a group of Reform rabbis meeting in a closed Facebook page drafted a joint sermon they expect will be used by hundreds of rabbis on Rosh Hashanah, which begins Wednesday evening (Sept. 20).” Rabbi Suzanne Singer of Temple Beth El in Riverside, California, said, “The priestly role is to make sure you’re there for people in times of need. But there’s also a prophetic role: We can’t accept what’s going on. Are we waking up to this or not?”

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