Reflecting on the High Holidays

A Selection of Sermons, Poems, Articles
from the Life Works of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis (z”l)

On Rosh Hashanah … “what is celebrated is not the sacred time of creation…but the plenitude of potentiality to continue shaping moral order from amoral energy …not the metaphysics of creation, but the ethics of creativity.”—Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis (z”l),”The Meaning We Create, Sh’ma, 1975

NEW Legacy Reflections for 2018:
The Meaning We CreateWhy the Genesis creation stories are not read on Rosh Hashanah
Jewish Time for Rosh Hashanah “God is not revealed in…the first moment of time…but in history”
Invisibility and InaudibilityA Brief but Powerful New Year’s Message in Free Verse
A Prayer Before I PrayHow We Pray is Connected to How We Live
ThereforeMoving from the Sanctuary to the Marketplace

High Holiday General Preparation:

Poetry:
Between
When I Dress
A Prayer before I Pray

Readings:
Space and Place: Holy Day Seating
High Holiday Reflections 2014

Video:
Rabbis Harold M. Schulweis (z”l) and Edward Feinstein on the Sh’ma Israel  Selichot 2011

Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah Sermons (Audio/Video)

“The Placebo God’   Rosh Hashanah 1998
“Conscience”  Rosh Hashanah 2008
“Ehad” Rosh Hashanah 1997

Transcripts
“How Do You Pray, Rabbi? ” Rosh Hashanah 2010

Rabbi’s Yom Kippur Sermons (Audio/Video)

“Adonai/Elohim”  Yom Kippur 1991
“Accepting our Vulnerability”   Yom Kippur 1980
“Why Me?”   Yom Kippur 1981

Audio with Transcript
“Yom Kippur with Morrie”  Yom Kippur  2000
Transcript
Audio

“The Sabbath of Yom Kippur”  Yom Kippur 1997
Transcript
Audio

“Does God Have a Conscience”  Yom Kippur 1993
Transcript
Audio

Poems for Yizkor:

How to Mourn
Reciting Kaddish
My Own Kaddish
Sanctified Mourning