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(J)oy to the World!

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

In the spirit of the season, a little “joy to the world!”

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The Tragedy in Connecticut

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

There are no words to describe the enormity of the tragedy in Connecticut.  The attached article has some thoughts on how to attempt to avert future horrors in our country.  Please, God, let it be.

  • In The pervasive violence in our midst, Rabbi Michael Melchior  asks, “Isn’t it appropriate that a much broader and deeper conversation be opened, one that concerns not only Americans, but all of us who are searching for a society where values and cultural mores are taught?”
  • In Stop the slaughter, change U.S. gun laws now, Alan Dershowitz wants to know, “If the Newtown killings don’t oblige legislators and courts to show courage against the gun lobby and its junk politics and to end the easy availability of weapons that are efficient killing machines, what ever will?”

Lighting Menorah in Kabul

December 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Here is a great way to bring Chanukah to a close … our own Josh Chinsky ’01 lighting the Menorah in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is called American pride and Jewish nachas.

BT alum Josh Chinsky '01 lighting the Menorah in Kabul, Afghanistan

BT alum Josh Chinsky ’01 lighting the Menorah in Kabul, Afghanistan

SERMON: The Righteous Fool

December 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Like most everyone else, I have my virtues and I have my flaws, my strengths and my weaknesses. Unlike most everyone else, my virtues and strengths far outweigh my weaknesses and flaws. In fact, for me to talk about my virtues today would require extending Chanukah for another eight days! So this morning I just want to talk about two of them.

First, I respect other people’s opinions. I really do! I have my own opinion on most subjects and usually feel very strongly about them. But I never close my mind to the opinions of others. There is a reason why the Talmud includes both the majority and minority opinions of our sages. Even if you’re wrong, there is something that can still be learned from you.

The second virtue I take note of this morning is the fact that, generally speaking, nothing bothers me! I wasn’t always like this, but in recent years it is hard for me to think of anything that has raised my blood pressure. When something goes on that I don’t like or I disagree with, I take the attitude that I’ve preached: it is what it is … and I go on my merry way. I wish all of you would be able to sleep at night the way I do! I really do sleep like a baby because I don’t have a worry in the world; there is nothing bothering me. READ MORE

VIDEO: We Just Called to Say We LOVE Israel!

December 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Having had a wonderful Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces event at Beth Tfiloh last evening, I thought you might enjoy this video.

 

-Mitchell Wohlberg

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A Chanukah Gift for You

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger’s Chanukah 2012 Guide for the Perplexed

How We Freed Soviet Jewry: In this interview with Natan Sharansky, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, former adviser to Pres. George H.W. Bush Gordon Zacks, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and others, Allison Hoffman chronicles the history of the march on the Mall in Washington, DC 25 years ago on this week, when approximately 250,000 Americans — mostly Jews — demanded freedom for refuseniks.

A Chanukah a capella mash-up:

How students at Technion Israel light the menorah — with a Rube Goldberg machine: 

 

With best wishes for a truly joyous Chanukah!