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I must admit, I am confounded and conflicted in my emotions.
October 11, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Zman simchaseinu, Sukkos as a time of great joy, took on a whole new meaning this year with the announcement that Gilad Shalit will be released in the next few days. After 5 years languishing in a Hamas dungeon in an undisclosed location with absolutely no visits or contact from family, the people of Israel […]
True greatness is not the ability to obey your thirst, it is the capacity to resist your thirst.
October 7, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
We are living in a time and culture that promote happiness, satisfaction and indulgence. Indeed, we are regularly inundated with messages and marketing such as “obey your thirst,” and “just do it.” In that context it is particularly difficult and onerous to observe a fast and to resist the temptation for food and water for […]
We should be focused on lifting ourselves up instead of knocking ourselves down.
September 29, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
This week, I received an email from one of the many Jewish organizations who have me on their list. The subject line was the usual Rosh Hashana salutation and well wishes. Indeed, the email began in the familiar fashion – “as the year comes to a close, it is natural for each of us to […]
It’s not too late to get ready.
September 24, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
On Thursday morning, together with close to 900 others Rabbis from across denominations, I participated in a pre-Rosh Hashana conference call with the President. As the operator of the call made introductory remarks, I was reminded of a great insight my colleague and good friend, Rabbi Gibber shared with me following last year’s call of […]
We are a people only because of the book
October 19, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Imagine the following scene playing out on CSPAN: On a specific day of the year, the Supreme Court justices together with the member of Congress take copies of the United States Constitution and dance around the floor of the House of Representatives while singing, clapping and lifting the law books high in the air. With […]