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Tag: Rabbi Ed Feinstein
November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm
The boy is alive. Shaken -- we both are. Butalive. I've sent him home to you in Kiryat Arba. I'll remain here inBeersheba. I need some time alone to think things through.
From the beginning, this has been someadventure. "Leave home!" I was commanded. "Leave behind all...
November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm
You know me, Rabbi. You know how important thesynagogue is to me, how much I enjoy services; you see me at yourTorah classes. You know what kind of Jew I am: I am the only one atthe family seder table who can read the Hebrew side of the Haggadah,but they won't accept me, because I...
October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Before God created the human being, according to alegend of the Midrash, He consulted the angels of heaven. The angelof peace argued, "Let him not be created; he will bring contentioninto the world." But the angel of compassion countered, "Let him becreated; he will bring...
September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm
A professor in seminary once asked us to find themost important section in all the Torah. We offered Creation, theShma, the Exodus, the revelation at Mount Sinai. No, he argued, it'ski teze l'milchama (Deuteronomy 21): "When you go out to war against yourenemies, and the Lord God...
August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm
"So, tell me, what are you looking for in awoman?" I ask.
"Someone kind and gentle, intelligent, educated,cultured, witty, fun, a professional, independent, but interested intraditional things, Jewish, haimish, warm, family-oriented...andthin, tall, attractive, blond, well-dressed."...
August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Love answering children's questions. I'll visit a classroom and face an eager chorus of "DidGod create dinosaurs?" and "Where do people go when they die?" Then,at the end, there's always one wise guy, who smirks and asks, "What'sthe meaning of life?" I love that kid. I admire his...
July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Once, I was a revolutionary. I belonged to the generation of long hair and crazy ideas. We did more than invent rock music and protest an unjust war. We believed that we could create a new society, populated by new people -- people freed of the prejudices and life-choking rigidities...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmOne afternoon, as I wheeled my shopping cart down an aisle of the local market, a 3-year-old riding in his mother's cart came up along the other side. He was one of the students in the nursery school, and when he recognized me, his mouth dropped open, he pointed, and he shouted,...
July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pmA yeshiva outgrew its downtown quarters and moved to the former site of an upstate boys' academy. Finding a boathouse on the property, the Rosh Yeshiva called in one of the rabbis and ordered him to organize a rowing team.
"Rebbe, what do we know from rowing?" the rabbi asked.
June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pmNear Mt. Amir in Israel. Photo from "Skyline" 1990 My neighbors completed an around-the-world trip. It was their dream, the trip of a lifetime. When we gathered to welcome them home, they eagerly described the journey's highlights -- the Sheraton in Bangkok, the Kentucky Fried...