Posts Tagged ‘intermarriage’

SERMON: The Nile, Denial and Religion

It has been said that every Jewish holiday can be encapsulated in these words: “They tried to kill us, we survived … let’s eat!” Surely, this festival of Pesach is a perfect example of this. Unfortunately, these words: “They tried to kill us …” still resonate today, except that the “they” is something no one wants to name, and the “us” is not just the Jews, but the civilized world.

In the weeks leading up to Pesach these are some of the quotes I read:
– Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said that the terrorism trend lines today were worse “than at any other point in history.”
– Michael Morrell, former Deputy Director of the CIA, told an audience, “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”
– Former CIA Director, Gen. David Petraeus, told an interviewer, “We are in the midst of what clearly is a long struggle … there are no shortcuts to success. No single measure that we can take that will eliminate the danger in one fell swoop.”

Yes, “they” are trying to destroy “us.” And it would seem to me that a good measure of the problem that exists today finds its roots in our ancient Egyptian experience. The problems today begin with where the problem began then: right at the Nile. READ MORE


SERMON: Woody Allen and the Pewish Problem

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

There are two words that sound almost the same that have been uttered quite a bit these past few weeks in the Jewish community.  The two words are definitely connected. The words are: “Pew and Phew.” “Pew” – spelled P-E-W, is the name of a non-profit research center to help stimulate public and civic life.  It recently published a survey of the American Jewish community and the response of many was: “Phew” – a word used to express disbelief, wariness or outright disgust. And that was a fitting response to the Pew Survey. READ MORE

Ring Out the Old…

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

It is hard to know how to properly greet you today. To say “Happy New Year,” we were told in the Yeshiva, sounds too “goyish.” To wish you a Shana Tova sounds a bit too Jewish! So let me fall back on the age-old Yiddish wish: “Ah gut yahr un ah gezunt yahr” – Let it be a good year and a healthy year.

But while the New Year is about to begin and we are supposed to “ring out the old and ring in the new,” I still have some unfinished business from this past year which I want to take care of this morning. Amidst a year filled with earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear crisis, street protests and the Arab Spring, the most significant event of this past year came toward the end of the year, with the arrival of my sixth grandchild – my second grandson. Nothing can compare to that! But today I want to tell you about three news clippings I came across this past year that I wanted to comment on, but somehow they didn’t fit in to any of my sermons. The first story is the most ridiculous one of the year. The second, in some way, is the saddest one of the year. And the third, in some way, is the nicest one of the year. Collectively, they say much about the present American and Jewish condition. READ MORE

Israel and Intermarriage

October 30, 2009 Comments off

Here are two thought provoking articles written by people who count on two of the important Jewish issues of our time:



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Judicial and halachic perspectives on intermarriage

October 6, 2009 Comments off

I have blogged about bombing Iran, sexual abuse, Orthodox Jews in prison so today let’s discuss something that is not controversial … intermarriage!  This Illinois Supreme Court case has a profound impact religiously, sociologically and legally.  The Hahachic perspective is well covered in this Jerusalem Post article.

Interesting, it comes from a woman … shows how far we have come that Halachic perspectives are now given by women.  “Thank heaven for little girls” … and big ones too!

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