“We Answer to a Higher Authority”

Heksher Tzedek, Kashrut and Workers’ Rights’:  A Sermon for Parashat Re’eh and Labor Day August 30, 2008   I am not sure when I started keeping kosher.  It depends on how you define “keeping kosher.”  I grew up in a kosher home – meaning that meat and milk, as well as milkichk and fleishik products …

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JCRC Speech:  Pillar of the Community Leadership Award

June 14, 2007   First and foremost, I would like to say how humbled and appreciative I am to receive this recognition from an organization that epitomizes so many of the values that are important to me.  What an honor it is to share this award and this evening, with my namesake, Stuart Kurlander.  Stuart …

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Confirmation Class Message – 2008

June 7, 2008   A front page article in the Washington Post this past Wednesday presented an analysis of the strategy employed by presidential candidate Senator Barak Obama to win the Democratic party’s nomination.  That same day, the Wall Street Journal offered a fascinating article about Senator Hilary Clinton’s campaign’s missteps and the mistakes made …

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A Haircut in Manhattan

May 31, 2008   Those of you who are regulars may notice something different this week, something that changed from last week.   Yes, it’s true.  I got a haircut.   I don’t usually speak about something this personal, but there is a mayseh, a story behind the haircut.  I was in New York the …

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Passover in Israel @ 60

May 3, 2008   The Torah says that people should make their way by foot to Jerusalem for the three festivals: Pesah, Sukkot and Shavuot. Several centuries later, the Mishnah and then subsequently, the Talmud reiterate and expand upon the mitzvah requiring people to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the holidays.  In fact, those …

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Lessons from a Super Super Bowl

February 9, 2008    If we had just relied on the experts, and if they had been right, this coming Tuesday President Bush would be welcoming the members of the New England Patriots to the White House to celebrate their victory in last Sunday’s Super Bowl. But as so often happens in sports and in …

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The 60th Anniversary of the Founding of Israel

May 10, 2008   If ever there were a people who deserve to be bitter, based on how it has been treated, it is the Jewish people.   If ever there were a people who have the right to feel that the world owed it compensation and grace, by any measure of objectivity, it is …

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