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SERMON: Faking It

November 30, 2016 Leave a comment

The Academy Awards are still several months away but, from my perspective, the Oscar given for the best performance by an actor has been narrowed down to two names: Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Their award-winning performance took place on Nov. 10th in the Oval Office of the White House when these two sat there together with smiles on their faces. Obama warmly welcomed Trump, saying, “We are now going to do everything we can to help you succeed.” And Trump referred to Obama as “a good man” and said their meeting was “a great honor.” For all of us this had to be a performance of a lifetime! Just think of what the two of them had previously said about each other. READ MORE

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SERMON: An Unorthodox Sermon from an Orthodox Rabbi: A Plea on Behalf of Muslim Children

November 30, 2016 Leave a comment

It still looks as if Donald Trump is going to be the next President of the U.S. and there are a lot of people who are having a problem accepting that. I am not referring to those who have gone out into the streets to protest. What are they protesting? That the election was rigged? That’s what HE said! And who are they protesting against? The American people? The majority of American people voted against Donald Trump! If 100,000 votes could be re-arranged, Hillary Clinton would have won Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan and would have been the next President of the United States! The fact of the matter is, new gun control laws and raising the minimum wage was passed in states we have come to refer to as “Red” America. So what’s with the protest? If they want to protest, I’ll them what they should do – they should go to the home of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, who in protest against America’s racial issues refuses to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. Do you know who Kaepernick voted for? He didn’t vote! He thinks he can change America by sitting on his backside. It’s people like him the protestors should be crying out against! READ MORE

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SERMON: EMUNAH: Believe it or not …

November 15, 2016 Leave a comment

On this day, obviously, there is only one thing on my mind, and one thing for me to talk about … and that is emunah. But not THAT Emuna, although I could talk about her for hours! This morning I want to talk to you about the emunah that is so much a part of our tradition and which many of us, as Americans and Jews, have lost. In the authoritative Alcalay Hebrew dictionary the definition of emunah is “confidence, consciousness, honesty, religion, faith, doctrine, creed, belief and trust.” Any way you look at it, our country is going through a serious crisis of emunah. READ MORE

SERMON: President Donald Trump: Now What?

November 15, 2016 Leave a comment

I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news? The sermon I wrote earlier this week, the one with the opening words: “Mazel tov … it’s a girl! The only thing is, she is not a girl anymore. She’s now a woman and not just any woman! She is now president of the United States … which means that the most powerful man on earth is a woman!” Well, to quote Gilda Radner, “NEVER MIND!” Here’s the good news, with the Trump victory I’m going to have plenty of sermonic material for the next four years! READ MORE

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SERMON: Liar, Liar … Pants on Fire

November 1, 2016 Leave a comment

There’s this family that lives on a farm in America. The father calls his three sons, Anthony, Louis and Nick, into the kitchen. He says to his sons, “Which one of you pushed the outhouse into the river?” “Not I,” replied Anthony. “Nor me,” Louis said. “It wasn’t me either, father,” said Nick. So the father says “I want to tell you a story about George Washington. One day George Washington’s father gave him a hatchet. Then, George Washington chopped down his father’s favorite cherry tree. George Washington’s father said, ‘George, who chopped down my favorite cherry tree?’ George Washington said, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie, it was me.’ So George Washington’s father hugged and kissed his son for being honest with him.” Then Anthony said, “Father, I, like George Washington, cannot tell a lie, I pushed the outhouse into the river.” The father takes off his belt and starts beating him. After he got the beating Anthony says, “But father, I was honest like George Washington.” The father replies, “But George Washington’s father wasn’t in the cherry tree when he chopped it down.” READ MORE