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New fruits for a sweet New Year

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

To help start your New Year off right, I thought I’d share some exotic new fruits and their special meanings with you

L’Shana Tova!

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Here are a lot of “sweet” things for the New Year:

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

1. First, a contemporary New Year wish: Almighty God, My prayer for 5772 is for a fat bank account and a thin body. Please don’t mix these up like You did last year. Amen.

2. Questions to ask yourself at this time of year, courtesy of Aish.com

3. Foods to prepare for Rosh Hashana, from Forward.com

4. Jpost.com published an article about the new Machzor we will be using this year, The Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor, with commentary by UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

5. Two beautiful versions of Avinu Malkeinu: the first is for the cool ones amongst you
from Phish — it starts at about the four minute mark; the other is by Barbara Streisand.

And now for a traditional blessing:

May this year be a year of good health and success for us and our loved ones, peace and security for our brave brothers and sisters in Israel, freedom and equality for all humankind.

Mitchell Wohlberg

Talking politics???

September 23, 2011 Leave a comment
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Obama’s speech at the U.N.

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Because of his speech yesterday at the U.N., today is pro-Obama Day!

http://nymag.com/news/politics/israel-2011-9/

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/obama-gets-a-kosher-seal-of-approval-1.385896

Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!

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Let’s Talk Turkey

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

SHABBOS SERMON – SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG

Let’s Talk Turkey

By now most all of you know that I have many unique talents.  And one of them I am going to put on display this morning, as I am about to do something that very few rabbis can do.  I am going to review a movie that I haven’t seen!  The name of the movie is “The Debt” and it is playing in several local theaters.  And it has all the ingredients that would normally attract me to a movie … it tells the story of a Nazi war criminal who, in the 1960’s, is tracked down by three agents of Israel’s Mossad.  The story is told from a perspective of some 30 years later and has intrigue, suspense and a surprise twist.  It’s my kind of movie!  But I didn’t go see it because I read these words in one review of the movie: “Viewers of “The Debt” are left with troubling questions.  These questions are based on the film maker’s assumptions – assumptions about the existence of a Jewish guilt complex, the pervasiveness of secrets undermining the legitimacy of the protagonist’s larger intensions and the common cinematic belief that guilty consciences lead to redemption, or at least enlightenment.”  When I read that, I said to myself: I’ve seen this movie before.  It is basically the same idea behind Steven Spielberg’s movie, “Munich” about the Mossad team that tracked down the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team in 1972.  You might remember that, in that movie, the Israeli hero is overcome with so many questions and doubts and a guilty conscience that he eventually decides not to return to Israel.

I’ve had enough of these kinds of movies … enough about Jewish guilt, enough about us always being wrong.  For that, I don’t have to pay to see it in a movie … I can get it for free just listening to this morning’s Torah portion.  READ MORE

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Palestinian Statehood: An Intelligent Discussion

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Here is an intelligent discussion in the New York Times about Palestinian statehood:

And if you’re still haven’t read enough, try this:

The Forward hosted this online Q&A with Hussein Ibish,  senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, and the author of What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal, and Yossi Klein Halevi, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Israel correspondent for The New Republic, and author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land.

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Three articles from the “big three”

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Three articles from the big three: the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal that show different perspectives on Israel, and who is right.

Brett Stephens’ article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal shows you who is right.

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