Israel: If Only They Knew

Rosh Hashana September 24, 2006   Fueled by a media that more often than not portrays Israel in a negative light, efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel occur regularly in the halls of the United Nations, as evidenced by this past week’s proceedings.   Humorist Jake Novak speculated what news headlines would be like …

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Britney Spears and the Threat of Idolatry in Our Time

Rosh Hashana September 23, 2006   The following sermon comes with a warning. I am about to do something which, to the best of my knowledge, has never before been attempted in an American synagogue.  You are going to hear a sermon which will include citations from the Bible, the Talmud, the midrash, Maimonides, the …

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Personal Reflections

Erev Rosh Hashana September 22, 2006   From time to time, and especially at this time of year, we may wonder why we are here, what life is about, and why life is as it is. Religion offers a means of making sense of these existential questions.  It provides a framework to help understand things …

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