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Everyone has been telling me to go see the play “Oslo.” And, I’m sure I will eventually go see it. But, honestly I’m not eager to see it. I’ve heard it’s brilliantly done. But, to be honest, I’m a little saturated with this subject. I’m tired of rehearsing the details of intractable conflicts that nobody has a clue how to solve. I want to see something more uplifting. So, last week I went to see Come from Away. I loved this play....

09.19.2018 Yom Kippur According to a Jewish comedian, the following true story happen to his Bubbie. Bubbie was going 70mph in a 40 mile zone and she was pulled over by a policemen. Bubbie, said, ‘what’s the problem, officer?” The policemen said, “May I see you your license, m’am? Bubbie said, “I’m sorry, officer, I don’t have a license.” The officer said, “What do you mean you don’t have a license?” Bubbie said, “Well, I’m not allowed to have a license. I’m legally blind.” The...

09.18.2018 Kol Nidre Please sing this song aloud and with feeling, before reading further! When I get older losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty four? Na, na, na---na, na, na, na, na… You'll be older too Na, na.. And if you say the word I could stay with you I could be handy, mending a...

09.10.2018 Rosh Hashanah Day 1 A few weeks ago, I had a Tom Sawyer moment with my granddaughter, Daniella, who was then 20 months old. We have a big apple tree in our front yard.  Its branches extend over my neighbor’s yard and over the street that runs through our neighborhood. The apples are not really good to eat.  And, at this time of year, there are lots of them. They fall everywhere in great numbers. It’s not such a problem when...

Sing the lyrics to it Aint Necessarily So It ain't necessarily so, it ain't necessarily so De t'ings dat yo' li'ble to read in de Bible It ain't necessarily so Li'l David was small, but oh my Li'l David was small, but oh my He fought big Goliath who lay down and dieth Li'l David was small, but oh my Oh, Jonah, he lived in de whale Oh, Jonah, he lived in de whale Fo' he made his home in dat fish's abdomen Oh, Jonah, he lived in de whale Li'l Moses was...

We have a rather complicated Ark. When I go to a new congregation, the one honor that scares me is opening the Ark. Because every Ark is a little different. And, it’s easy to get mixed up. And, everyone is watching you. And, ours is particularly difficult. There are two sets of metal doors. And, you have to push them all the way back on the track. And, sometimes they get stuck or go off the track. And, then there is...

Today, I’d like to talk about two things that happened in 1957. In 1957, Golda Meir was the Foreign Minister of Israel. And she decided that it was important for Israel to reach out to Africa with its agricultural technology.   When we think about it, this is pretty amazing. Israel was only nine years old at the time, barely able to defend itself. And, yet Israel made the decision early on in its history that it was to be much more...

A few weeks ago Julius Lester passed away at the age of 78. Julius Lester was a fascinating character. He was a black activist in the 60’s and 70’s who rubbed shoulders with Stokely Carmichael and Jesse Jackson. He was a musician who co-wrote a guide to 12 string guitar with Pete Seeger. And, he was an anti-semite. At the height of the Oceanhill-Brownsville controversy in New York City, Lester invited a black teacher onto his radio show on WBAI to...

Sing the song: One day when King Pharoah awoke in his bed There were frogs in his bed and frogs on his head Frogs on his nose and frogs on his toes Frogs here! Frogs there! Frogs were jumping everywhere. The plague of frogs which we read about in today’s parasha is probably the funniest of the plagues and the one we have the most fun with at the Passover Seder. We sing songs about it. We have little frogs decorating the Seder table. But, there is...

In the movie Borat, the main character Borat travels to America from his small village in Kazhakstan with the goal of bringing back wisdom to his country. One of his objectives is to improve his sense of humor. He says Kazakstan is 98th in the world in humor. So, Borat goes to a humor coach, Pat Haggerty, who tries to teach him how to tell a ‘not’ joke. He illustrates by noting that Borat’s suit is gray. If he were telling a...