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Public People, Private Lives

SHABBAT SERMON – JUNE 11, 2011
RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG

 Public People, Private Lives

The sexual infidelities, indiscretions and, let’s just say, peccadilloes of famous people have been making the news lately. One day it’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of International Monetary Fund and chambermaid fame. The next day it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger of Hollywood, California Governor and housekeeper fame. And these stories get dragged out until we can find a new one to write about. So once again we have John Edwards and his insane story back in the news. And now, a new one has come on the scene with the news that New York’s popular, rising star Rep. Anthony Weiner, has been tweeting pictures of himself in his gotkas. Day after day the story gets told again and again, and the question is: is this the way it should be? Are the stories of public figure’s private lives to be splashed across the front pages of our newspapers? And there are two very seemingly acceptable answers to these questions. READ MORE

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Two articles worth reading . . . and sharing

Here are two articles worth reading and sharing:

What If Jews Had Followed the Palestinian Path? by Warren Kozak (Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2011)

Why is Obama so tough on Israel and timid on Syria? by Jackson Diehl (The Washington Post, June 19, 2011)

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The whole truth and nothing but the truth

The below article tells  “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.”

Why History Matters: the 1967  Six-Day War, by David Harris (Huffington Post, June 8, 2011)

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Ushering in Shavuot

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Bibi Netanyahu: Then and Now

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Read my recent Shabbat Sermon: “Bibi and Barack: The Power of One Man

SHABBAT SERMON – MAY 28, 2011

RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG

“Bibi and Barack: the Power of One Man”

I have just returned from a week in Israel, but I have little to tell you because all the news affecting Israel took place right here in the United States, with speeches given by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and America’s President, Barack Obama. It is obvious that they do not see eye-to-eye and why that is, is reflected in why Americans commemorate our Memorial Day the way we do … and why Israelis commemorate their Memorial Day they way they do! And in some ways, it all boils down to some unfinished business: whether we should have released pictures of the dead Osama bin Laden. So let me explain. READ MORE

 

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