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One of the best of 2010

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

If you need something to read this weekend, this article is one of the most enlightening of the whole year.

Lattes, beach barbecues (and dodging missles) in the world’s biggest prison camp, by Peter Hitchens (MailOnline.com, October 11, 2010)

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Seasonal greetings

December 24, 2010 Comments off

Here are two things for you to consider during this time of the year.

The first is an op-ed from the Wall Street Journal that shows how many Christians feel on Christmas the way many Jews feel on Rosh Hashana.

The second piece (a YouTube music video, “I Own a Deli, I Am a Jew“) reminds us of where Jews should really be eating on Christmas … NOT in a Chinese restaurant!

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The Power of a Rabbi

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

This shows you the power of a rabbi … if you believe it.

“What the Rabbi Said” (New York Times, Dec. 17, 2010)

 

 

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Why Didn’t Joseph Call Home?

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

SHABBAT SERMON – DECEMBER 11, 2010
RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG

Why Didn’t Joseph Call Home?

Let me tell you what I would do to Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, if I were
President of the United States. If I were the President I would send a commando unit to capture Mr. Assange alive. I would then have him transferred to Guantanamo where I would have him water boarded. I would then take him outside where a pre-arranged predator drone would fire a missile at him which would totally obliterate him from the face of the earth. That’s what I would do if I were President of the United States. And that, of course, goes a long way in explaining why I am not the President of the United States!

Julian Assange, who took it upon himself to release more than 250,000 confidential
cables from our State Department, is to be utterly condemned for what he did. I know there are some who seek to defend his actions. I’m sure those “some” would not have wanted him to reveal their emails. Mr. Assange did not perform any public service. One could legitimately argue that what Daniels Ellsberg did with the Pentagon papers, while illegal, served a positive purpose in revealing some of the flaws that were involved in the Vietnam War. But the fact is that the information that Mr. Assange revealed did not make America look bad … it showed America’s ongoing attempt to fight terrorism and to stop nuclear proliferation. What Mr. Assange did only makes American diplomacy more difficult … he has shaken up the world of diplomacy for no reason other than his own personal ego-gratification. He is an anarchist, a terrorist, a criminal, a  megalomaniac, a detestable human being to whom today, publicly, I say: Thank you, Mr. Assange! READ MORE

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What Is Chanukah?

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

SHABBAT SERMON – DECEMBER 4, 2010
RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG

What Was Chanukah … What Is Chanukah?

It has got to be the strangest of all the questions asked in the Talmud. It is a question that has to do with Chanukah. And the truth is, people are still arguing over the correct answer; an argument that threatens to tear Israel apart.

The Talmud asks: “Mai Chanukah? What is Chanukah?” What do you mean, “What is
Chanukah?” Everyone knows what Chanukah is! Until the 6th century even Christians were celebrating the great Maccabeean victory. The Talmud doesn’t ask: What is Purim? … or what is any other festival? And our problem with the question is compounded by the fact that in regard to Purim – our other rabbinic festival – there is an entire tractate of the Talmud dedicated to explaining it. When it comes to Chanukah the whole holiday is explained in one paragraph. And to make matters even worse, the whole Maccabeean victory isn’t even mentioned in the answer. READ MORE

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Happy Chanukah!

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Listen to this music video … good rhythm … considering it’s coming from nice Jewish boys from Yeshiva University!  Happy Chanukah!

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Thank God for Warren Buffet

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG
SHABBAT SERMON – NOVEMBER 27, 2010

Thank God for Warren Buffet …

Thanksgiving or Chanukah … that is the question!

On Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving – a great American holiday. This Wednesday evening we usher in Chanukah – a great Jewish holiday. Which one should be the subject of the sermon today? I, for one, have chosen Thanksgiving because I know we’ll be celebrating Chanukah next year, but I’m not so sure if we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.

It used to be Thanksgiving was the time when Jews felt most at home in America. Thanksgiving is non-sectarian. It is about harvest and about gratitude, and these are themes that Judaism understands. Of course, this feeling of being at home in America is disrupted the next day with the arrival of what is called “Black Friday” – the start of the Christmas shopping season. But now it’s not the next day! Now Christmas shopping and Christmas advertising begin the day after Halloween. The stores used to offer special sales during December. Now they offer holiday discounts starting in early November. Andy Williams and Bing Crosby used to come on the air singing Christmas carols in December. Now you can hear them warbling “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” all through November. And so, I am worried about Thanksgiving. It seems to have gotten squeezed out between Halloween on the one side and Christmas on the other. And as a Jew, I feel bad about that. READ MORE

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