I want to share with you a story that appeared in the Miammi Herald. The story is disturbing on many levels. Michael Andron, a former teacher at Hillel School in North Miami…
And immediately after the reading of the Ten Commandments, these fundamental words of our tradition, we begin with Mishpatim; a civil code of law.
How many of you bought a Powerball ticket last week? I know 1.5 billion dollars is nothing to sneeze at.
As she was teaching a local thuggish kid from the neighborhood threw a rotten apple through the open window and it narrowly missed Mrs. Kosowski. To add insult to injury, the hoodlum screamed “dirty Jews!”
I think, in many ways, the films of today are not to unlike the Bible as it was written. Because as the Bible presented the world as it was, film does this too.
If you live in America and are not closed off to the world it’s hard not to note that this is the week that our “majority culture,” our neighbors and friends celebrate Christmas.
There is a war going on outside. And I struggle in this. I struggle because I do not want it to consume us. I believe that we have a level of choice in our response to terror.
We live in a world of political correctness. Say the wrong thing…and you can get kicked out of just about anywhere.
The story of Noah and the great flood… how we love this story. This week… the connection between the flood and environmental issues is emphasized.
We can avoid the work of grief, the pain of losing and loss, the madness that comes with the expectation of self-control for so long…but ultimately we lose, because the authentic human response is deep sadness.
This year there was a moment of extraordinary spiritual heroism. One stood out for me. It called to me and caused a great deal of reflection.
Ki Mitziyon Tezei Torah…we say that, from Zion comes a Torah. And the Hartman “Torah” has impacted me and hundreds of rabbis.
I like to begin Rosh Hashanah, not with very heavy or intellectual sermons, but with words that engage and entertain…stories that stay with us.