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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

“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 …

Continue reading

Yizkor: The Legacy of Shimon Peres

Not many people can lay claim to being as beloved as Israeli leader Shimon Peres was upon his death.  The funeral of the last of Israel’s founding fathers attracted 100 foreign leaders and dignitaries from 70 countries.  The accolades poured in from around the world.  Bill Clinton said Peres “started off life as Israel’s brightest …

Continue reading

Elie Wiesel, Madness, the Middle East and the World

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt Kol Nidre October 11, 2016   Writer, master story teller and modern day prophet Elie Wiesel left us earlier this year.  In the words of Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum, although Weisel had no institutional base and did not hold office in any major Jewish organization, he was the voice and moral conscience …

Continue reading

Dylan and Moses: Two Poets and Prophets

The International association of clowns, whose formal name is UNESCO in a vote taken last Thursday denied that there is a Jewish connection to the city of Jerusalem.   In response, Israel’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, said, “There is no connection of another people to another place in the world that comes …

Continue reading