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My father never lived to see his dream come true of an
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays.
Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.
The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish.
Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York, you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be a goy even if you are Jewish.
The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!
Even a secret agent can't lie to a Jewish mother.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
Don't be humble; you are not that great.
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.
-Joe E. Lewis
A spoken contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.
Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
When I bore people at a party, they think it is their fault.
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Fear builds walls to bar the light. - Baal Shem Tov
Engage in Torah and charity even with an ulterior motive, for that habit of right doing will lead also to right motivation. - Talmud: Pesahim, 50b
The sword comes into the world because of justice delayed and because of justice perverted.- Ethics of the Fathers 5:8
Ever since Rabbi Akiba used the Passover seder to plan a revolutionary struggle against the Roman occupiers, the Jews have used the seder to begin concrete work on tikkun (healing and transformation).
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, the Tikkun Magazine Passover supplement 2006
To work out ends of righteousness and love are you called; not merely to enjoy or suffer.
- S.R. Hirsch, "Nineteen Letters," 1836
“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.” Golda Meir
The worship of God, though desirable as an end itself, can somehow never be in the right spirit, unless it impels one to the service of man. - Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan
Concentrate on three things and you will not fall into the grip of sin. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before Whom you will have to give account and reckoning.- Pirkei Avot 3:1
We cannot learn from general principles: there may be exceptions. - Johanan, Talmud: Kiddushin
A truly generous man is he that always gives, whether it be much or little, before he is asked.- Orchot Tsadiqim
The best security for old age: respect your children.- Sholem Asch
A Jew can be Jewish with God, against God, but not without God.- Elie Wiesel
He who promotes his own honor at the expense of his neighbor's has no portion in the world to come.- Judah b. Hanina, Genesis Rabbah
Even if all the world tells you, "You are righteous," consider yourself a sinner. - Rabbi Simlai
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "On Prayer"
Lose with truth and right rather than gain with falsehood and wrong.- Maimonides, "Tzavaah"
Seek the good in everyone, and reveal it, bring it forth.- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1811), "Likutey Moharan"
Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see in them.- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
A man should never impose an overpowering fear upon his household. - Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 6b
If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.- The Talmud
Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love....Peace unaccompanied by reproof is not peace.- Genesis Rabbah 54:3
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Sukkot at the Grand Canyon 5774
The following is the submission to the Courier which was published on Oct. 4, 2013 with only minor editting in it (as seen with a picture derived from our recent events pictures at
Sukkot: A Festival of Community Unity
An integral part of the Jewish High Holy Days Season is the Festival of Sukkot (booths, this year 9/19-25). However seemingly little is known in the general population about this joyous festival although it is repeatedly described in the bible as one of the important three pilgrimage festivals along with Passover and the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot).
During Sukkot, the observant build temporary dwelling places, booths, roofed and decorated with branches and plants of many sorts for the week long observances. Welcoming Ushpizim (guests) of all kinds as well as the spirits of the departed is a major part of the festival week, a display of Community Unity. This theme is further emphasized by the rituals of blessings with the lulav (a combo of palm, willow, and myrtle branches) and etrog (citron). Each plant represents a different kind of person ranging from the learned and/or good hearted to others who are neither. The story emphasizes that one can not have a completely functional community without all of the types of people. Hence the blessings are done with all the representative plants being held tightly together.
It is common in many Jewish communities in Israel and elsewhere to take vacations, especially camping trips, during the week of Sukkot. So we at Beit Torah decided this year to do the blessings at the Grand Canyon! The lulav flapping out the top of the backpack led to many questions. Hence we spent a fair amount of time explaining to the curious about the history and rituals of Sukkot. For instance, why Booths? In order to optimize getting the harvest in timely, the harvesters would live in temporary booths in the fields so as not to waste the time walking to and from their homes each night. Also during the nearly week long farmers’ market in Jerusalem during Sukkot, produce needed to be stored and watched over in booths.
So we went on Mon. 9/23. The wonder of the spot was awesome. We reveled in being able to do our blessings for Community Unity within such a marvel of nature. Plus there was a bonus: we were able to record a video of a couple of us singing the Mi Shebeirach healing prayer (www.onetorah.org/recentevents5774.htm) ! To hear this video or learn more about us, check out our website (www.onetorah.org), call 928-237-0390, or write to us at email@example.com .