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  • 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...

  • Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, my family picked up and moved from Santa Monica, where I had been born and raised, to Sacramento. The move came on the heels of the best and most exciting year of my life. My first year of high school had been an amazing whirl of new and old friends, educational...

  • ‘Very’ Difficult Choices

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The word "m'od," which means "very" or "much," is a very common biblical word. At the end of the sixth day of creation, for example, when God assesses the world He has created, He proclaims it to be "tov m'od," very good. In the Torah reading this week, though, we find a very...

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  • Creating Order in Our Lives

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Isn't technology great? I'll tell you why I'm asking. The first chapter of the Torah is always presumed to be about creation, and God's power and wisdom in His role as Creator. In a book published about a dozen years ago, Harvard Divinity School's Dr. Jon Levenson takes issue with...
  • All the Children

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On the eve of Simchat Torah, many synagogues auction the three major honors of the day, with proceeds benefiting the synagogue or other Jewish institutions. Two honors, Hatan Torah (for the one called to the final reading in Deuteronomy) and Hatan Bereshit (for the one called to the...
  • Moses’ Musical, Poetic Ethical Will

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite things to do is write children's songs. Over the years, I have written lots of innocuous little ditties for kids as a way of teaching them about Jewish holidays and rituals, ethics and values, and how to treat families and friends. Long ago, when I was just...
  • Keeping Score

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us do a pretty good job of keeping score. We know how to tally the insults, gossip, infidelities, meanness, foolishness and anger of the past year. We know where we went wrong. We know how to be honest and even tough on ourselves. Like the cartoonist Jules Feiffer's character...

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