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My Yom Kippur Yizkor sermon

September 30, 2009 Comments off
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My position on Israel

September 29, 2009 Comments off

You’ve heard Netanyahu’s position … you’ve heard Obama’s position … now, most importantly, you can read my position: My Kol Nidre sermon.

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Some thoughts before Yom Kippur

September 25, 2009 Comments off

This will be my special Yom Kippur blog post. According to this article from today’s Washington Post, most people are bored during services. I, of course, find that hard to believe! But just in case you are one of them, I am attaching some things you might find as meaningful reading during the Yom Kippur services (of course, not during the sermon!).

But first I want to protect myself. Our tradition teaches us that God judges us as we judge others. As you might imagine, I am not a big “fan” of President Obama’s approach to the Arab/Israeli conflict (to be discussed in my Kol Nidre sermon). But I don’t want to be overly harsh in my judgment and I must give credit where credit is due. And the President does deserve credit for this: http://matzav.com/lieberman-israel-pleased-by-obama-mention-of-jewish-state

Now for the Yom Kippur reading: in 60 minutes or less – or in 15 pages – you can learn everything you need to know by downloading http://jewishworldreview.com/0909/yk6009.pdf (You may first have to save it before printing it. If you don’t know what that means, ask any five year old!)

One of the most important aspects of the Yom Kippur liturgy is the confession of sins. If none of the sins listed in the Machzor speak to you (which means you must be a saint), then why not consider thinking up some of your own: http://www.pjll.org/article.php?id=625

Do you want to know what the coming year is going to be like? Don’t we all! Here’s your chance to make predictions for the Jewish world: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0909/tobin091709.php3

May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for this year … and many years to come.

Mitchell Wohlberg, Rabbi

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Just how dangerous is Iran’s President?

September 25, 2009 Comments off

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The President of Iran (I can’t spell or pronounce his name) is going to be met today by thousands of our people protesting his country’s policies. Perhaps even more dangerous than the country’s policies is the man himself. The attached articles from my archives dating back to 2007 show how dangerous he is.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3556591,00.html

http://www.realite-eu.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=9dJBLLNkGiF&b=2315291&

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When it comes to Israel, even geniuses can be stupid

September 23, 2009 Comments off

Yesterday the MacArthur Foundation announced the 24 recipients of its annual $500,000 “Genius Awards.” In this article from Jeffrey Goldberg’s blog from The Atlantic Magazine (a blog that I read daily) he shows that when it comes to Israel, even geniuses can be stupid jerks! See http://jeffreygoldberg.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/09/the_lucrative_business_of_isra.php

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The need for re-direction in the ultra-Orthodox community

September 22, 2009 Comments off

There is much in the ultra-Orthodox community to be admired but there is also much that should cause grave concern, and requires re-direction in approach. This article from Haaretz addresses one such issue and I strongly agree with the writer: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1115590.html

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Orthodox Jews behind bars

September 22, 2009 Comments off

My Rosh Hashana sermon spoke of the criminal behavior that has recently been found in the Jewish community. It is particularly disheartening to see so many Orthodox Jews being jailed for acts of robbery, fraud and deception. There is nothing that can fully explain this, but an honest look at the problem is found in the blog Cross-Currents which blogs from and to the ultra-Orthodox community: http://www.cross-currents.com/archives/2009/09/15/praying-for-the-government.

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