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SERMON: Predictions for the Future

January 5, 2015 Leave a comment

When Jews usher in the New Year on Rosh Hashanah we recite the words: “May the old year end with all its curses … may the New Year begin with all of its blessings.” Those words are most appropriate for us as Americans and as Jews as we usher in the New Year of 2015. New York Times columnist, Russ Douthat, writes: “There have been worse years in recent history but 2014 definitely stands out for the sheer variety of awfulness.” Yes, Ebola in Africa, cyber warfare with N. Korea, Russia’s seizing Crimea and part of the Ukraine, civil war in Syria, slaughter in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, the rise of ISIS in Iraq, anti-Semitism throughout Europe, a failed Middle East peace effort, and still no nuclear deal with Iran. And need I remind you, they still have not found Malaysian flight 370.

So what will the New Year bring …more of the same or better news? It is not easy to say. It was the great thinker and philosopher, Yogi Berra, who once said: “It’s tough to make predictions–especially about the future.” READ MORE

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