(RNS) —  As Jews gather in synagogues to mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, they will hear the blast of the shofar or ram’s horn, a mournful shriek intended to wake them up.

This year, that wake-up call may be louder than usual.

Rabbis have always seen their High Holy Day sermons as an opportunity to deliver a potent and impassioned plea during the year’s most sacred season and at a time when sanctuaries are filled to capacity.

But this year rabbis across the spectrum say they feel a particular urgency to rouse their congregants to action. In the nine months

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