Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Question: What is a Jew? Answer: Someone with a lot of chutzpah. What is chutzpah? I'm tempted to answer: How dare you ask? Webster's Dictionary defines the word as insolence, others as impudence, still others as bravado. Sigmund Freud didn't actually define it, but he did allude to it by recording his "favorite Jewish joke" in one...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Lech-Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27 As we are on the cusp of an election, I'm reminded of the pithy observation of the late former Speaker of the House, Massachusetts congressman Tip O'Neill: "At the end of the day, all national politics are local." Far be it from me to interject myself in politics, but this week, we encounter a different kind of...
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By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
NOACH, Genesis 6:9 -- 11:32 We messed up and were evil. We got punished, and then were mostly destroyed by a flood. A few of us were saved. God promised the survivors (and us) that this would not happen again. This is a common interpretation of the flood story. The Torah tells us that human beings had become violent and...
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BERESHIT, Genesis 1:1-6:8
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
My father taught me a basic truth, and that is: "You have one shot to make a first impression." I think this notion is simply elegant and elegantly simple. So let's explore for a moment some first impressions from this, the first book of Moses. First, a story. When he was 5 years old, Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz -- who...
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Simchat Torah
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Please don't look to me to decide whether Jerry should have left and Harry should have stayed. That is well beyond my pay grade. But this I know. You don't have to dance with the Stars of David to know that the most popular dance that Jews have is the hora. And this, too, I know. You don't have to...
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