Fifty Years After the Six Day War

June 10, 2017 When I was younger, fifty years earlier seemed like an eternity.  It felt distant, like ancient time, an antiquated past to which I could not relate.  The world fifty years earlier was very different from the one I inhabited.  When I was 14 years old, in June of 1967, just finishing 9th …

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After a Visit to Auschwitz: Questions About the Holocaust

We Jews love questions.  The classic one is of the rabbi who when asked why it is that Jews always answer a question with a question answered, “Why not?”   Our Torah reading this morning picks up on the incident we read a few weeks ago in the Torah about the mysterious death of Aaron’s …

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Remember: My Sermon of the AIPAC Shabbaton

Sermon at the AIPAC Shabbaton   I was honored to give the sermon at the at the AIPAC shabbaton last week and share with you my remarks, which are especially appropriate prior to Pesah.   I am sure that by now most of you have heard about the biggest deal ever in Israel’s booming hi-tech …

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The Recent Threats and Scares

The Recent Threats and Scares   The immortal words, “the envelope please”… along with, “and the winner is…” or “And the Oscar goes to…” have captured everyone’s attention and taken on new meaning after the fiasco at the Academy Awards presentation earlier this week.  In one of the biggest mix-ups of all time, an incorrect …

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Anti-Semitism: How Shall we Respond

March 3, 2017 The immortal words, “the envelope please”… along with, “and the winner is…” or “And the Oscar goes to…” have captured everyone’s attention and taken on new meaning after the fiasco at the Academy Awards presentation earlier this week. In one of the biggest mix-ups of all time, an incorrect announcement was made …

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Christmas and Chanukah

A few years ago something very rare occurred, something that happens maybe once in a lifetime, about as frequently as Haley’s Comet. Chanukah coincided with Thanksgiving.  We marveled at the rarity of the event and the quirk of the Jewish calendar that caused the holiday of Chanukah, which for as long as any of us …

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“Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?”

  Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt December 10, 2016   Today I get to ask the question posed by Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band, and which I first heard when I was the tender age of 14.  Today I ask, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m sixty-four?”   That’s because …

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