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2015 Yom Kippur

And when I am for myself, what am I?

And if not now, when?”

Last night I offered an analysis of this famous teaching from Hillel, the great Talmudic sage.

Today I want to share some thoughts about the third part of Hillel’s famous teaching:

V’eem lo achshav, aymatai – and if not now, when?

Well, what does that mean?

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2015 Kol Nidre

I trust that just about everyone here today has heard teachings or wisdom from what we call, “Pirke Avot,” usually translated as “Ethics of the Fathers.”

I begin today by sharing a text from Pirke Avot which you most likely have heard before.

My goal is to examine this text more carefully, more deeply, and perhaps from a perspective you have not yet considered.

The author of the text is the great rabbinic sage, Hillel, who taught:

EEm Ayn Ahnee Lee, Mee Lee– If I am not for myself, who is for me?

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2015 Rosh Hashanah – First Day

My colleague in Los Angeles, Rabbi David Wolpe, recently opened a sermon with a question directed to the parents who were present in the congregation.

Actually, the question is also quite important to those people who are not parents, but who have one or more siblings.

Ultimately, I believe that even if you aren’t parents, and don’t have any siblings, there can be a worthwhile way to look at the question and apply it to your life as well.

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2015 Rosh Hashanah – Second Day

Question – Who is Malcolm Butler?

Malcolm Butler is the New England Patriots defensive back who secured a victory in last winter’s Super Bowl.

With less than 30 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks trailed 28-24, but appeared to have the Patriots right where they wanted them.

Seattle had the ball on New England’s 1-yard line with one timeout remaining.

In their backfield was All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch, who had already carried 24 times for 102 yards.

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2015 Building Expansion Dedication

A wealthy Jewish man buys a fabulous home in Beverly Hills, California. He brings in a local designer to decorate the place. When the job is finished, the homeowner is delighted but realizes that he’s forgotten to put mezuzahs on the doors.

He goes out and buys 50 mezuzahs and asks the decorator, who is non-Jewish, to place them on the right hand side of each door except bathrooms and kitchens.

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2014 Yom Kippur

A married couple were out shopping at the mall one afternoon. Suddenly, the wife realized that her husband had “disappeared”. The somewhat irate spouse called her mate’s cell phone and demanded: “Where in heaven’s name are you?”

Husband: “Darling, remember that jewelry shop where you saw the diamond necklace and fell in love with it and I didn’t have money that time and said, ‘Baby, it’ll be yours one day’?”

Wife, with a smile, blushing: “Yes I remember that, my love.”
Husband, “Well, I’m in the bar next door to that shop.”

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