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  • When You Haven’t Got a Prayer

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    They sat like any other family in the noisy restaurant, trading conversation, stories, tales of the day past. But when the waiter brought their meal, something remarkable happened: The conversation stopped, hands were extended and grasped to form a circle around the table, eyes...

  • The Only Choice We Have

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes the same thing that got you into trouble can get you out of it. Take for example the fact that in last week's Torah portion, our ancestors used their gold jewelry to fashion a golden calf. For this act of idolatry and faithlessness, thousands were killed as God's anger...
  • ‘Build Me a Sanctuary’

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    We still don't like to talk about it much. The idea of Jewish domestic violence makes most of us nervous. Whenever I mention it to my congregation, people seem to furtively look around as if I am revealing a family secret and one of the neighbors might be listening at the door....

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  • The Laws of Life

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Among those who left Egypt, there were two -- Berel and Shmerel. As slaves, these two had grown so accustomed to looking down at the ground, they could no longer lift their eyes.

    And, so, when Moses brought Israel across the Red Sea, Berel asked Shmerel, "What do you see?"

    "I see mud,"...

  • Complaining the Jewish Way

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Schwartz, a wealthy Jew, took ill in Boston. The medics rushed him to the best hospital, Mass General, where he received VIP treatment. But, after one week, he requested to be transferred to Beth Israel, a much smaller and less prestigious hospital.

    At Beth Israel, an intern gathered...

  • The Image of an Honorable Man

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every summer, my sisters and I, along with our husbands and children, spend a few days with our parents at Red's Meadow resort near Mammoth. The cabins are rustic; the air is bracing; the pace is deliciously unhurried. By now, our visits are a cluster of beloved rituals. One day we...

  • Secular and Sacred

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, an analysis appeared in the press about the Jewish elements in American popular music. Discussing musicians such as Gershwin and Berlin, the author noted that these composers included melodies from synagogue and Jewish folk music in their compositions.

    The interaction of...

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