Keeping the Faith

is kind of like the Super Bowl
of the Jewish calendar...

most rabbis try to cram
a whole year's...

worth of sermons into one
kind of big "best of" sermon.

Um, I'm not gonna do that tonight.
I'm not gonna talk about
the meaning of God...

or the situation in Israel...
or the status of Jews
around the world.

I'm-- I'd like to talk about something
a little more personal.

I'd like to talk about us.
The status of you and me.
A wise man once told me
that no rabbi can save anyone.

He can only offer himself as a guide
to other fearful people.

We live in a really complex world...
a world where boundaries
and definitions are blurring...

and bleeding into each other
in ways that--

that I think challenge us
not just as Jews but as human beings.

And for a while now,
you've let me be your guide.

You've, uh--
You've shared your lives with me.
You've explored your faith with me...
in ways that I know sometimes
have seemed a little strange...

and, and maybe
even a little scary...

but you put your trust in me...
and over the past few months...
I have been violating that trust.
I've been violating it because I haven't
been sharing my life with you.

For a number of months, I've been
seeing a woman who isn't Jewish.

It doesn't matter if I'm still with her,
which I'm not, or if I still love her,
which I do, very much.

What matters is that I shouldn't have
been afraid to discuss it with you.