This week’s sermon finds us entering 1966 (January 9), still in the midst of the civil rights movement, as Rabbi Olan reminds us that the prophetic faith “begins with the declaration that each person is made in the image of God.” He points out that “there are many faiths today appealing for men’s loyalty” and though they may sound similar and offer an easier route solving society’s issues, Olan reminds us that “to obey God is very hard.” He speaks of the communal responsibility we all have to one another and if even one child is “deprived of its chance to grow up as a dignified creature of God,” we have failed. As we enter this new year, may we remember our responsibility to respect each other, love each other, and work towards the world that the prophetic faith envisions.
*Written by Anjelica N. Ruiz.*