Posts Tagged ‘Haman’

SERMON: From Selma to Lebanon; Left on the Cutting Room Floor…

I know that some of you would like to hear my thoughts on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and the events of this week. To tell you the truth, I would like to hear them as well, but I am still listening and reading what others have to say. The fact is the real test of the speech is the effect that it had, and for that it is too soon to tell. So, I will wait until next week to speak about what everyone is speaking about! Instead, today I would like to draw your attention to some people and events which no one is speaking about because they were left on the cutting room floor.

First, let me ask you: how many digital pictures do you think are taken every year? Let’s start with this: on Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat alone, 1.5 billion new photos are shared every day, which comes out to about 550 billion a year! How many digital pictures are taken in total? Hard to say … it could be one trillion or five trillion or ten trillion! And amongst those photos, do you know what picture is frequently taken? A picture of yourself – a selfie! Over a million people every day take a picture of themselves. Now you tell me: do you think they really look that good? They obviously don’t think so! More than one third admit to touching up their selfies! So why do they bother even taking the picture in the first place? I guess that’s the world in which we live. Today there doesn’t seem to be anything worse than being left out of the picture. There is a phrase – an idiom – “left on the cutting room floor” … the picture was made but for one reason or another, your part got edited out … “left on the cutting room floor.” I tell you this today because that is what has been happening recently to the Jewish people. READ MORE


Best. Gragger. Ever.

This might be a little late for Purim this year…so let’s just consider it early for next year! You’re going to love this–it’s a whole new way to react to “Haman” during megillah reading.

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This Shabbat…I’m going to say something shocking!

This Shabbat, I will discuss Haman and the Hareidim. This is how I will begin my sermon: “I tell you now: if you stick around until the end of the sermon you’re going to hear me say something that you might find shocking, coming from me …”

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Two Lessons from a Donkey: Help Your Enemy and Get a Job!

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Today I’m being forced to do something that does not come naturally to me but, because of some Jews, as a rabbi I am forced to do it.  Today I rise to defend President Barack Obama.

As most of you know, I am not one of Mr. Obama’s supporters.  And I’m not the only American Jew who feels this way!  While Mr. Obama won close to 80% of the Jewish vote in 2008, most political commentators agree that he will still win a strong majority of the American Jewish vote this year, the percentage of Jews voting for him may not be as high.  Some disagree with his domestic policies; some disagree with his foreign policies.  And some of us disagree with both.  But some of us, in our disagreement, have gone too far.  And that is why I have to rise to defend him.

At the end of January, Rabbi Dov Lior, who is a Religious Zionist leader in Israel and currently the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba in Chevron – one of the holiest spots on earth for the Jewish people – delivered a speech in which he compared President Obama to Haman – the enemy of the Jews in the Book of Esther.  And he went on to describe our President as a “kushi” – a derogatory term used in the same way the “N” word is used here in America. READ MORE