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Yom Kippur - 2006 / 5767

09/01/2006 09:02:23 PM

Sep1

Rabbi Carey Brown

The signs are everywhere. In restaurants, in grocery stores… “We have no spinach.” Who could have imagined a month ago that this small leafy green would pack such a punch to the way in which we eat? Suddenly, that which we thought was good for us – spinach, the epitome of health food, the vegetable we were forced to eat to grow big and strong! – might make us sick. It is sometimes scary living in this world.
A few days ago the...Read more...

Yom Kippur - 2006 / 5767 

09/01/2006 09:01:22 PM

Sep1

Rabbi Howard Jaffe

You may recall that, for about seven years, from the late 70’s through the mid-80’s, that famous Jewish philosopher Woody Allen published a nationally syndicated comic strip. I recall one particular entry: it is set in a recurring venue, a college philosophy class in which Allen is one of the students. The professor declares, “In philosophy a good question is more important than a good answer.” One of the students asks, “What is a...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah - 2005 / 5766

09/01/2005 09:00:12 PM

Sep1

Rabbi Howard Jaffe

An ABC News/Washington Post Poll reported that 23% of respondents see the recent hurricanes as a deliberate act of God. The percentage of those between the ages of 18 and 34 who said this was even higher: 32 %. Alabama State Senator Hank Erwin recently called Hurricane Katrina a punishment from God, saying New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast "have always been known for gambling, sin and wickedness. It is the kind of behavior that...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah 2002 / 5763

09/01/2002 08:58:54 PM

Sep1

Rabbi Howard Jaffe

Just about one year ago, the world turned. It was not destroyed, and it was not completely devastated, though many of us were. And it did not even cease being a place we recognized. But we all woke up on the morning of September 12th knowing that the world as we knew it was different than the one in which we had awakened the morning before.

During the past year, much of our psychic and emotional energy was naturally spent re-orienting...Read more...

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