Jews as Survivors: The Meaning of Historical Memory

Yom Kippur October 9, 2000   On Rosh Hashana I made passing reference to the surprising popularity of a reality-based television show about people stranded on a desert island, called “Survivor.” In the spirit of this holiday, I must confess and offer a disclosure at the outset: I did not watch a single episode, not …

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Israel: The Threat to Her Existence

Kol Nidre October 8, 2000   My friends, I have a heavy heart tonight, as I am sure, many of you do as well.   We join our fellow Jews around the world this evening, in prayer.   But we also join with a sense of anxiety, concern and anguish over recent events in the Middle …

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Tzedekah: A Way of Life

Rosh Hashana October 1, 2000   I feel this morning a little like the man who came home from church one Sunday, and whose wife inquired, “What did the minister speak about?” He responded with a one word answer, “Sin.”  She probed further and asked, “And what did the preacher say about it.”  Her husband …

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