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SERMON: Two Movies, Two Wars … and Lots of Blood

There is a war going on out there. We were all reminded of that this week. Israelis need no reminder … they fight a war every day.

It has long been said that “war is hell.” If you want to know what that means in the 21st century, let me recommend two movies to you.

I am not much of a movie-goer. If I need entertainment, I have my grandchildren! I choose my movies carefully and only go to those I think will teach me something and, quite frankly, that might be used as sermon material. I recently saw two such movies … one a few months ago and the other this week. One is a Danish film that had been nominated for Best Foreign Film of the year called “A War.” The other was the recently released “Eye in the Sky.” READ MORE

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What We’re Doing for Israel

Here is what our own Rabbi Elan Adler (who will be with us for the High Holidays) and his wife, Rivka, are doing for the soldiers of Israel: Dust In My Teeth – A Photoblog

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SERMON: Critics of Israel at Home and Abroad

I really don’t like to speak during the summer, but what can I do when everyone seems to be speaking about the matzav – the situation in Israel.  I cannot wait for the war to be over so that Israel can clean out the tunnels … and I can clean out the inbox on my computer!  I have been inundated with people sending me articles about the matzav.   Most all of the articles focus on how the world has been reacting to the war; the on-going criticism of everything Israel does.  The world’s reaction is disgraceful … from John Kerry’s sarcastic “open microphone” comment regarding Israel: “Some pinpoint operation … some pinpoint operation …” Last year a group examined six drone attacks the U.S. conducted in Yemen.  It discovered that at least 57 out of 82 people killed were innocent civilians! “Some pinpoint operation” … and the 133,000 civilian casualties in Iraq, also “some pinpoint operation.  And then there is the United Nations Relief Works Agency, UNRWA, being shocked to discover that rockets were found in two of its schools and then turning the rockets over to their rightful owners – Hamas!  Remember who this Hamas is – as one writer, Chemi Shalev, described them: “Hamas is a cruel, fanatic, fundamentalist, reactionary, totalitarian, misogynistic, Holocaust-denying, human rights abusing, anti-democratic, anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Zionist, and anti-Semitic movement that embraces terror, sanctifies martyrdom, glorifies death and condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden.”  That is the people that people in the West cry for, protest on behalf of, and condemn Israel for trying to protect itself from.  And the crazy part is, even the Arabs themselves seem to have come to grips with what Hamas is.  You don’t see many rallies on Hamas’ behalf on the streets of Arab countries; most all the pro-Hamas rallies come on the streets of the Western countries – the so-called “civilized world.” READ MORE

What it’s like living on the Gaza border

Tomorrow, I’ll discuss “Critics of Israel at Home and Abroad” in my Shabbat sermon. But before then…

Want to know what it’s like living on the Gaza border right now? Dana Bar-On tells you:

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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Talk about an Eishet Chayil!

January 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Something nice to start the week! The IDF published 8 Female Israeli Soldiers Who Shattered Barriers in 2013, featuring chayalot, female soldiers, who challenge stereotypes through the work they do every day.

Soldier number 4 is Baltimore’s own Sgt. Sarit Petersen, Nahal Infantry Brigade Shooting Instructor!

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