This essay is adapted from Rabbi Seth’s remarks at the start of Rosh Hashanah services on Friday, September 18, 2020, which marked the beginning of the Jewish new year. A story is told of a king whose children go out for a hunt.
As individuals who live and work in Williamstown, and especially as students and teachers of faith traditions that uphold the dignity of each person, we are appalled by the recent allegations of racial and sexual misconduct by the leadership of the Williamstown Police Department.
When you tell the story of your life and experience at Williams College, of what you did and how you grew during your time here, what will you include and what will you leave out? Do you talk about your frosh entry and the friends you made along the way?
After three weeks of being inside the house with my 3-year-old daughter while campus has been closed, I can say I’ve accomplished at least one thing: I’ve taught her to sing the Passover Seder song “Dayeinu.”
Late last week, Judge Roy Moore, current and former US Senate candidate and former Alabama state Supreme Court justice, announced that his “Ten Commandments Monument” would be placed on the first floor of his Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Ala. In 2001, Moore commissioned and installed the monument in the rotunda of the state’s judicial building, in the hope of reminding all those who walked into the courts of the need to find “the favor and guidance of almighty God” when walking through its halls.
As you walk around campus today, you may notice some of your Jewish-identified friends walking around in a bit of a daze. They may respond to your questions a bit slower, and they might seem distracted.
Welcome to the Chaplains’ Office column! We will be writing twice a month, offering reflections on spiritual themes that are inspired through our respective faith journeys and our engagement with thoughts and ideas encounter as people of faith and chaplains at Williams College.