RABBI STERN'S HIGH HOLY DAY SERMONS
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Antisemitism: Defining the Roots
A Jewish optimist: someone who thinks things can’t get any worse
A Jewish pessimist: someone who thinks they can
A Jewish realist: someone who knows they already are
Last year, someone smeared a swastika on a wall at Oak Hill, one of our local middle schools. It wasn’t the first time at Oak Hill, and it wasn’t the first time in Newton that some twisted kid... click for more.
Yom Kippur 2019
Antisemitism: What Do We Do
On Rosh Hashanah I spoke about the complex and frightening landscape of antisemitism in America. I explored the violent, destructive forces of hatred from the far right. I delved into the pernicious anti-Zionism of the far left. I reflected on the stubborn, demoralizing presence of this subterranean cesspool of hate.
In the 20th century, Nazism was endemic in the United States throughout the 1930s and 1940s, as evidenced by Fritz Kuhn’s German-American Bund, William Dudley Pelley’s Silver Shirts, and the antisemitic ranting of Catholic priests such as... click for more.
These are four current books that discuss the myriad aspects of antisemitism in America today. One is not better than the next; all offer valuable insights. In some ways, I think Weisman’s book helps answer many questions in a strong, journalistic style. - Rabbi Keith Stern
By Marc Baker, Jeremy Burton and Robert Trestan
by Bari Weiss
by Deborah E. Lipstadt
(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump
by Jonathan Weisman
by Kenneth S. Stern