Shabbat Project Fri. Oct. 27

Sermons

Tough Love: Holding On Yom Kippur Yizkor

Yom Kippur, 1929, Louis Fleisher, Harry Fleisher, and Henry Shorr attended services at B’nai David, an Orthodox Congregation in Northwest Detroit. The three men, decked in their Yom Tov finest, taleisim over their heads, were leading members of the Purple Gang, Detroit’s mostly Jewish mob. They had plenty to atone for. The Purple Gang controlled more »

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Vulnerability: Letting Love In Kol Nidrei

In 1856, just five years before the Civil War broke out, a Virginian slave-owner wrote the following to his wife: “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.” more »

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Passion: the Key to Jewish Continuity (A Response to ‘A Jewish Father’) Rosh Hashana Day Two

Do not send your children to a Jewish Day School. Better yet, boycott Jewish Day Schools. That was the takeaway from an op-ed written last week, titled, “I can ‘do Jewish’ on just $40,000 a year.’ The anonymous author argues that Jewish life, especially sending one’s children to Jewish schools, is way too expensive and more »

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Judaism’s Message in the 21st Century: Restraint Rosh Hashana Day One

“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet…. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, more »

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The Quiet Without the Storm

Hachnassas Orchim, inviting guests, is a hallmark of Judaism. From the time of Avraham inviting the three angels into his tent, to the state of Israel taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees, this is what we do. Nonetheless, I am so impressed and inspired by the community of Atlanta, Georgia, who this Shabbos are more »

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Do Not Hide Your Face: Houston and the Cellular Eclipse

In this week’s Torah portion we read about hashavas aveidah, the Mitzvah to return lost objects. There is a positive directive associated with this Mitzvah, “hasheiv t’shiveim, return the lost object” and there is also a prohibition associated with this Mitzvah, “lo tuchal l’hita’leim, do not hide your face.” It’s the latter directive which is more »

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Sensitivity to a Sensitive Topic Parshas Eikev

I believe it was ninth or tenth grade, I don’t recall, and it doesn’t really matter. One way or another, I was playing hooky, pretended to be sick, and the school administrator fell for it. The school I attended was quite far from home, there were no busses, and so I had to hitch a more »

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More Than a Matter of Perspective Shabbos Nachamu

What would you say, is the world becoming a safer place to live, a healthier environment, a more tolerant society, or is the opposite true? Is the world becoming a more violent place, disease and illness are rampant, and vitriol hatred is taking the place of civilized discourse? Which one is it? Are we going more »

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Acknowledging Suffering – Tisha B’Av

There is a Gemara in Berachos that relates a story involving two sages; Rav Yochanan, the unofficial leader of the Jewish People, and RavChanina Ben Dosa, a pious scholar.  Rav Chanina ben Dosa went to visit RavYochanan and when he arrived he learned that Rav Yochanan’s son had been deathly ill for quite some time. Rav Chanina ben Dosaimmediately placed his head between his knees in prayer and a moment later, the Talmud tells us, Rav Yochanan’s son was healed.  more »

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The Lakewood Scandal and the Real Shanda – Parshas Chukas

There are no shortage of Yiddish phrases that simply don’t translate into English. “Nachas” – Pride in one’s children? Joy in their success? No single word can capture ‘Nachas.’ No single word can capture “Chutzpah” and that’s why Chutzpah made it into the English language. In 1998 it was even used in a Supreme Court more »

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