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  • by rabbiedw
  • November 3, 2018
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NOT QUITE AT HOME: FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN SECURITY AND COMPASSION

A couple of days ago I was in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is a very happy place to me because during World War II, unlike other countries in Nazi-Occupied Europe, the Jewish community was mostly saved from extermination. What was the difference in Denmark? The King himself refused to mistreat his Jewish citizens. And when the […]

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  • by rabbiedw
  • September 28, 2018
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I Don’t Even Wanna Die Today

Yom Kippur Eve 2019(I am grateful to Melanie Cole Goldberg for suggesting this sermon, Rabbi Howard Goldsmith for some terrific structural guidance, helpful phrases and terminology, * and Ann Luban and Amy Rubin of JCFS for their supporting information.)Shanah Tovah!You know, we say happy New Year but the actual Hebrew is have a good new […]

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  • by rabbiedw
  • September 10, 2018
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The Dynamics of Dispute

Like many of you I have read some good books this past year. One was by Ron Chernow, who wrote, a few years ago, a biography of Alexander Hamilton. The new one is about President Ulysses S. Grant. I don’t think it will be turned into a hip-hop musical, but Chernow’s biography of U. S. […]

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  • by rabbiedw
  • September 4, 2018
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A New Year’s Message to Temple Sholom of Chicago

The New Year is upon us and I hope that you will enjoy our worshiping together and know a year filled with many meaningful moments, productive accomplishments, good health, and a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment.This year the congregation is invited to consider ways that we as individuals can practice the fine art of […]

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  • June 27, 2018
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We are All Israelis Now

The day after 9 11 there was a headline stating that, after this tragic terror attack, Americans finally understood what Israelis were experiencing every day during the Second Intifada. Soon there would be guards at every coffee shop, just like in Israel. And life as we knew it in America would stop. Fortunately, the guards […]

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  • February 16, 2018
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Integrity Right Now, Not Thoughts and Prayers

There’s a story about a troubled mother who had a daughter who was addicted to sweets. One day she approached Gandhi, explained the problem to him and asked whether he might talk to the young girl. Gandhi replied: “Bring your daughter to me in three weeks’ time and I will speak to her.” After three […]

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  • November 25, 2017
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Resilience

Thanksgiving Weekend continues with much family time. Every now and then we might disconnect from our individual devices and be together to eat or even play a game. Remember games that didn’t have a screen? The Torah portion of Vayetze might remind many of us of a game we played during our childhood called, ‘Chutes […]

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  • October 13, 2017
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Three Gifts for A New World

  Shabbat shalom! There’s an old story about a father who enters a toy store to buy something for his little boy. Picking up an interesting-looking gadget, he asks the clerk, “Isn’t this a rather complicated toy for a small child?” The clerk replies, “It’s an educational toy. It’s designed to adjust children for living […]

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