I want to start this drosh with a story, but first, some words about where this special Shabbat comes from. It falls, as you know, between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. The theme, if one can call it that, is a reminder that it is time to repent. The first part of the Haftarah, Hosea, is a very clear and concise directive about repentance:
Drashot 5773 (September 2012 through August 2013)
The story of Jonah is a wonderful teaching story. I think it has a lot to say about heeding the call to change and the different kinds of change which are possible. I want to look at this story through these two lenses of quantity and quality of tshuvah: how often do we say "yes" to the call to change, and how deeply do we let ourselves be changed.
Thank you for being here. Yom Kippur is exhausting. We confront over and over again how fragile we are, how broken. It’s hard to face that. It really does help to know that we’re a whole room full of fragile, vulnerable people.
I’ve been having a hard time expressing what’s inside of me recently. Mostly, it’s been coming out during the last few months as crying. I’ve been finding that a glance from even a stranger can reduce me to tears. And I don’t want this to change.
Countless numbers of people through the centuries have been puzzled, amazed, concerned, worried, perplexed and confounded by the Akedah. The essential question seems to be: How can we understand this narrative, how can we make sense of it?
Using the Torah Reading, pages 278 – 281 in the Machzor, please choose from the following questions and discuss them in small groups with those sitting near you.
I would like to dedicate these words to the memory of my cousin Ted Humphrey, who died unexpectedly two days ago. I decided to still be the one to give this drash myself and so my husband Stephen is going to stand with me for support.