Put the Holy Back in “Holiday”
Did your rabbi give a spiritually uplifting sermon this Rosh Hashanah? Was your rabbi's sermon more appropriate for a political rally than for a Rosh Hashanah service?
Jonathan Bronitsky asks that rabbis put their politics aside and let the High Holy Days remain holy. According to Bronitsky Jewish "institutions have morphed into alternative forums for the mobilization of resources for liberal and progressive goals."
From the article:
Many Reform and Conservative Jews insist that rabbis must be “relevant” (i.e., political) because, as community leaders, they have a moral obligation to “execute justice for the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger,” as the Bible commands—and fight the “hate” emanating from the White House. Liberal Jews have embraced the mystical idea of tikkun olam (“repairing the world,”) as an injunction to pursue social change. Conveniently, this modern interpretation of Judaism overlaps almost perfectly with the agenda of the Democratic Party.