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SERMON – Pitum Haketores

February is a good time to be a rabbi. September and October … not so good! But for me, February has provided a chance to catch my breath. So today, in the middle of the month, I want to cover the whole month from the beginning to the end, from four events that took place on Feb 1st, to an event that took place in next week’s Torah portion that really raised a stink and that’s listed in a Shabbat prayer that most all of us here at Beth Tfiloh don’t say.

On Feb 1st of this year a movie entitled, “Koch” telling the story of New York’s well known Mayor Ed Koch opened in New York. On February 1st of this year, Edward Koch passed away. That is quite a coincidence … he had a “grand opening” and went “out of business” on the same day! I know that some of you still find it hard to believe that I grew up in New York, but I did … even though Ed Koch’s New York accent made me sound British! Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker; brash, outgoing, strong willed. He was at the forefront of so much that made New York what it is today. For you Baltimoreans, just think of William Donald Schaefer. They really were very much alike. Their lives were not built around family; it was built around the city they loved. And they were never afraid to “tell it like it is.” READ MORE

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  1. eppie herman
    February 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Love your sermon. Feb 1 is your 35 th year here and may you be here for the next 35. God bless you. You are the greatest!!

    On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM, Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg’s Blog wrote: > > rabbiwohlberg posted: “February is a good time to be a rabbi. September > and October not so good! But for me, February has provided a chance to > catch my breath. So today, in the middle of the month, I want to cover the > whole month from the beginning to the end, from four event” >

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