Archive for October, 2009

Israel and Intermarriage

October 30, 2009 Comments off

Here are two thought provoking articles written by people who count on two of the important Jewish issues of our time:



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A day school graduate with a world view

October 28, 2009 Comments off

Leon Wieseltier

See this brilliant essay by Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of the New Republic, on why America should be different.  I think of him and others like him when people tell me that students in day school are not opened up to the world. Wieseltier is a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush High School!

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Obama’s Nobel Prize

October 26, 2009 Comments off

My October 24, 2009 Shabbat Sermon, “Obama’s Nobel Prize”, is now available on the Beth Tfiloh sermon webpage.

October 24, 2009 – Shabbat Sermon
“Obama’s Nobel Prize”

When I heard that Barack Obama had won the Nobel Prize, I immediately felt bad for my brother, Saul. Based on the standards the Nobel Committee must have used in choosing President Obama, my brother Saul deserved to win the prize in 1954. It was in 1954 that my brother graduated from elementary school. At that time, next to his yearbook picture, were the following words: “Saul is our most promising student … he is always promising to do better!” That’s quite a way to build up a child’s self-esteem, but obviously being “promising” the Nobel Committee feels is worthy enough to win the award. Read more

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Rabbis in high heels

October 26, 2009 Comments off


Is it possible that someday your rabbi will wear high heels?  If that day comes, she/he will be taller but I bet the sermon will be shorter!

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My sermons are “spreading virally” ?!?

October 23, 2009 Comments off


Is it possible that this man writes sermons which are “now spreading virally across the Internet?


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Food for thought … in our homes

October 22, 2009 Comments off

foodforthoughtWe may not be able to solve all the problems of the Jewish people but these articles raise important issues in regard to our homes.  They are definitely “food for thought.”

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Who is telling the truth?

October 21, 2009 Comments off


When it seems as if the whole world is critical of Israel, one might be tempted to think that they are right and we are wrong.  These articles should remind us of just who is telling the truth.

Tens of thousands watch pro-Israel UN testimony” (JPost 10/20/09)

“Rights Watchdog, Lost in the Mideast” (NY Times, 10/19/09)

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