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SERMON: #NeverTrump

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I want you to pay attention to what I’m about to say, because people who aren’t here won’t believe that I said it! So here goes – today I have something nice to say about President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

As many of you know, I did not and would not vote for them. I find Donald Trump a grossly indecent human being. His leadership is a form of government best described as a kakistocracy. And if you don’t know what that means … we are all better off! I could spend several days telling you why I strongly oppose him, but that would be a waste of your time, and mine. We are all entitled to our opinions. But despite the fact that I don’t approve of much of what Trump and Pence stand for, today I rise to defend them from attacks coming from one particular group – American Jews. Recently, President Trump and Vice President Pence have been criticized by American Jews because of the slap in the face they gave to the Jewish people. Pence, by the speech he gave to Israel’s Knesset; Trump, by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For some Jews these were unpardonable sins. READ MORE

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SERMON: Is Our President a Genius?

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Is Donald Trump a genius? He thinks he is! He has said so on numerous occasions. But, as a taxi driver in Israel pointed out, even Einstein never called himself a genius. But Trump has called himself a genius, and many people agree with him! According to one poll, 50% of the Republicans polled consider him a genius. You can certainly make a case for this. After all, you don’t become a billionaire and president of the United States by being a fool. Trump himself said it, “I went from very successful businessman, to a top TV star … to president of the United States. I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that.” And yet, it is reported that Trump’s own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has called him a “moron,” his Treasury Secretary, Menuchin has described him as “an idiot,” and his National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, has called him “a dope.” So which is it? Genius or dope? I have to be honest and admit that I am not a genius … so I’m not the one who can tell whether Trump is one or not. READ MORE

SERMON: Jacob, Kelly Ann Conway and Alternate Facts

November 20, 2017 Leave a comment
alternative-facts-facebookIn my office at home I have something like 2,500-3,000 books, most of them on topics of Jewish interest. Out of all of those books, one stands out as perhaps being the most valuable. It is almost impossible to purchase a new copy of it. On Amazon it sells for $300. All it is is a paperback published less than 20 years ago entitled Lying for Truth by Nosson Slifkin. Rabbi Slifkin became a cause celebre in the Jewish world some five or so years ago when another book he had written entitled, The Challenge of Creation, was banned by a group of ultra-Orthodox rabbis. This, despite the fact that the book had a forward from Rabbi Zvi Hersh Winereb, someone all of us highly respect, who was then the executive vice president of the Orthodox Union. Why was the book banned? Because Rabbi Slifkin had told the truth! The truth that rabbis down through the ages had questioned the veracity of scientific statements made in the Talmud, and that it is very legitimate to believe from a halachic perspective that the world is more than 5,700 years old. Banned for telling the truth! READ MORE

SERMON: Best Wishes for a Positive New Year

September 26, 2017 Leave a comment

With a full heart I welcome all of you as we usher in this New Year by asking you a question: What do climate change, terrorism, Brexit, ISIS, North Korea, Neo-Nazis, Obamacare, Russian collusion and Donald Trump all have in common? Answer: I’m not going to talk about any of them! You can sit back and relax! We have all heard enough! It has been pointed out that the purpose of a sermon is either to disturb the comfortable or comfort the disturbed! It feels as if we have heard enough disturbing news and events in the past year to last us a lifetime! So today I want to help comfort you … and it’s not going to be easy! Political analysts and sociologists have started calling us “the anxious generation.” We have switched from Prozac for depression to Xanax for anxiety. READ MORE

SERMON: Charlottesville: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

September 5, 2017 Leave a comment
Charlottesville: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Charlottesville: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I didn’t deliver a sermon over the summer, so I have plenty to talk about. Originally, today I was going to speak to you about events that took place this summer in Chevron, Jerusalem, France and Lakewood. And eventually I will get to all that. I could talk about the devastation in Texas, and we will have something to say about it next week, but for now we pray for the welfare of all those affected and encourage you to contribute to the relief fund listed in our handout. Today I have to speak about what took place in Charlottesville, VA. I have to get it off my chest! Although it took place three weeks ago, the aftershocks will be felt for a long time to come. And, besides, I have to speak about it because, as you’ll see, there were those who were guilty of not speaking about it! I don’t want to be included with them. So today I want to give you a three-fold perspective on Charlottesville … the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good? Now we know … now we know who Donald Trump really is! Since his election, I’ve tried, for the most part, not to talk about him. I have strong feelings about him – very strong feelings. But so do others. He is a divisive figure, so why allow him to divide us? READ MORE

SERMON: Sleeping or Rejoicing; the Choice is Ours

You know that I’m no big fan of Donald Trump. But after what he did in Israel this week, I’ve really had it with him! It’s not anything he said, it was just his being there! Because he came, I was forced to move from my hotel in Jerusalem for security reasons. The Secret Service said it needed the whole hotel. I tried to explain that back here at Beth Tfiloh, I am part of the Secret Service … my attendance at services is a big secret! But they just did not get it! The truth is, it made no difference. My stay in Israel was one of the most glorious I’ve ever had. As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, I got to hear and meet everyone from the prime minister and president of Israel to Michael Oren and Yossi Klein Halevi and more chief rabbis than there are countries in this world! It was all fabulous! But through it all I kept thinking of one person who wasn’t there, who is not alive, but the picture of him is well known in Israeli culture, and it puts into context all that has unfolded before our eyes. Indeed, it sheds light on why we stay up all night on the eve of Shavuot. READ MORE

SERMON: Were Jews Murdered in the Holocaust?

Tell the truth: isn’t Sean Spicer a piece of work? You really never know what’s going to come out of his mouth! Last week, what he said – or didn’t say – in regard to the Holocaust, even he could not find a more eloquent explanation than to say: “I made a mistake. I mean, there’s no other way to say it. I got into a topic that I shouldn’t have and I screwed up.” Unfortunately, when it comes to the Holocaust he’s not the only one of whom that could be said. It happened in Canada last year and now it has happened in our country: the Jews were left out of the Holocaust! READ MORE