Look Who’s Talking!

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg has a lot to say! Join us at Beth Tfiloh to usher in the Hebrew month of Elul, and get ready for an uplifting and inspired New Year.

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg has a lot to say! Join us at Beth Tfiloh to usher in the Hebrew month of
Elul, and get ready for an uplifting and inspired New Year.

This might surprise you, but I have a lot to say about what’s going on in the world right now — and I’m going to share it all with you each Shabbat for the next four weeks!

· Shabbat, August 30: Ferguson: It’s as Clear as Black and White
· Shabbat, September 6: Look Who’s Talking
· Shabbat, September 13: From Here to Eternity
· Shabbat, September 20: No One Wants to Hear the Truth

These sermons will cover topics ranging from Pope Francis to Ferguson, from Joan Rivers to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Ocean City to Israel, Gaza war to “selfies,” Charles Darwin to the Pentagon.

Services begin at 9 am in the Dahan Sanctuary and 9:30 am in the Epstein Chapel. I look forward to seeing you in shul!

SERMON: Barack Obama … Friend or Foe?

August 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Barack Obama – friend or foe? Let me give my answer and then, if you would like, you can give yours.

There is no doubt that there has been – and there is – a strained relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The fact of the matter is, anyone who was paying attention should have known that this would be inevitable. In 2008 in a meeting with 100 Cleveland Jewish leaders, Obama – who was running for president – said the following: “I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says: unless you adopt an unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel, that you are anti-Israel and that can’t be the measure of our friendship with Israel. If we cannot have an honest dialogue about how do we achieve these goals, then we’re not going to make progress … because of the pressure that Israel is under, I think the U.S. pro-Israel community is sometimes a little more protective or concerned about opening up that conversation.”

What he said was not so terrible and I have to tell you that I respected him for having said it. He was very honest about his feelings. What he was basically saying was that he does not agree with the policies of a Likud government and that American Jews should be more prepared to debate those policies.  READ MORE

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Barack Obama – Friend or Foe?

Read this New York Times article, Gaza War Strains Relations Between U.S. and Israel, and join us this Shabbat for a discussion: Barack Obama – Friend or Foe?


What We’re Doing for Israel

Here is what our own Rabbi Elan Adler (who will be with us for the High Holidays) and his wife, Rivka, are doing for the soldiers of Israel: Dust In My Teeth – A Photoblog

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On “Meriting Our Birthright”

Beth Tfiloh’s own Rabbi Ross Singer responds to Shira Lipkin’s article, Israel is Not My Birthright, in Meriting Our Birthright.

SERMON: Critics of Israel at Home and Abroad

I really don’t like to speak during the summer, but what can I do when everyone seems to be speaking about the matzav – the situation in Israel.  I cannot wait for the war to be over so that Israel can clean out the tunnels … and I can clean out the inbox on my computer!  I have been inundated with people sending me articles about the matzav.   Most all of the articles focus on how the world has been reacting to the war; the on-going criticism of everything Israel does.  The world’s reaction is disgraceful … from John Kerry’s sarcastic “open microphone” comment regarding Israel: “Some pinpoint operation … some pinpoint operation …” Last year a group examined six drone attacks the U.S. conducted in Yemen.  It discovered that at least 57 out of 82 people killed were innocent civilians! “Some pinpoint operation” … and the 133,000 civilian casualties in Iraq, also “some pinpoint operation.  And then there is the United Nations Relief Works Agency, UNRWA, being shocked to discover that rockets were found in two of its schools and then turning the rockets over to their rightful owners – Hamas!  Remember who this Hamas is – as one writer, Chemi Shalev, described them: “Hamas is a cruel, fanatic, fundamentalist, reactionary, totalitarian, misogynistic, Holocaust-denying, human rights abusing, anti-democratic, anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Zionist, and anti-Semitic movement that embraces terror, sanctifies martyrdom, glorifies death and condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden.”  That is the people that people in the West cry for, protest on behalf of, and condemn Israel for trying to protect itself from.  And the crazy part is, even the Arabs themselves seem to have come to grips with what Hamas is.  You don’t see many rallies on Hamas’ behalf on the streets of Arab countries; most all the pro-Hamas rallies come on the streets of the Western countries – the so-called “civilized world.” READ MORE

What it’s like living on the Gaza border

Tomorrow, I’ll discuss “Critics of Israel at Home and Abroad” in my Shabbat sermon. But before then…

Want to know what it’s like living on the Gaza border right now? Dana Bar-On tells you:


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