What Harvey Weinstein Can Learn from the Biblical Story of Creation

By now Harvey Weinstein, who named his original company Miramax in honor of his parents, Max and Miriam Weinstein, is now known for more than just being a successful movie mogul and producer.  Once associated with hit motion pictures and a successful movie company bearing his name, and for his generous donations to liberal candidates …

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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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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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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 …

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“Everyone Has a Name”

June 11, 2016   This morning’s Torah reading contains the census and includes names of the leaders and members of tribes in the wilderness. Hearing the recitation of names reminds me of the poem by one of Israel’s most popular and beloved poets, Zelda Schneurson Mishkovksy, known simply as Zelda. She wrote a poem widely …

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Confirmation Class Message

June 4, 2016   In October of this past year I led a delegation of rabbis who are the heads of the various movements of Judaism for a series of meetings in Israel with top Israeli government officials. In a span of just two days we held 14 meetings, culminating with our last one, with …

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Yiddish Scores Again!

May 28, 2016   It happened again. Just this week. The final round of the annual Scripps National Spelling bee required contestants to be able to spell a Yiddish word for a traditional Jewish food. Jairam Hathwar, (not a “member of the tribe”), a 13-year-old from Corning, New York, was asked in one of the …

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Aharei Mot: After the Holocaust

May 7, 2016   In the Jewish tradition names are given by parents to perpetuate the memory of a loved one, or to convey some kind of meaning and connection to loved ones. But the name for each week’s Torah portion is somewhat happenstance.  It is derived from the first significant words of the parasha.  …

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