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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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Season of Forgiveness and of Joy
Searching for Forgiveness and For Joy
Season for Joy as well as Forgiveness
Dr. J. Adele Plotkin
This is the season for Jews everywhere to seek Forgiveness during Yom Kippur, and once the rituals are completed, to pursue Joy. One common evening tradition starts the 25 hour fast of the Day of Atonement with the leaders of the congregation publicly asking for forgiveness of past oaths and transgressions in order to be worthy to lead the congregation in prayer during Yom Kippur. This is followed by communal confession of sins acknowledging that all sins do occur during the year, but without pointing fingers. People are obligated to individually own up to their specific sins.
Part of this Holiest Fast Day is devoted to recalling those who have passed on before us, both those who have been our ancestral role models and those who died for being Jewish or for refusing to give up Jewish practices. In the afternoon, the Book of Jonah is read. It is a reminder that even the enemies of the Jews can repent and be forgiven. It follows then that true repentance on Yom Kippur will succeed in achieving amelioration of harsh decrees by the Holy One.
In Temple days, there was an afternoon practice of betrothals and dancing. Some think that in order to prevent the fervor of the praying from devolving into orgy, recitation of the laws of sexual propriety and decent behaviour were included. In modern times, discussions of social responsibilities may also be included.
The Joy anticipating new beginnings through betrothal and dancing is seen in modern times too. Starting with an enjoyable communal meal ending the day-long fast, it continues with the Season of Joy encompassing one of the biblical Pilgrimage Festivals, the Festival of Sukkot [Huts or Booths], which starts four days after Yom Kippur. Joy is expressed, for example, through a week-long sharing with guests of food specialties set up in temporary sukkot [booths]. It is possible that these sukkot recall the temporary camps erected in biblical times during the harvest season.
Dwelling temporarily in these sukkot also reminds us to be joyously grateful for the changing seasons now giving relief from heat and now bringing a much needed rainy season. Truly it is a Season of Joy which culminates in a celebration known as Simchat Torah, Rejoicing in the Law, complete with singing, dancing, and sweet treats [Oct. 21 this year]. Perhaps this is why this season was chosen as the time for the dedication of Solomon’s Temple.
Beit Torah Jewish Congregation welcomes all to embrace these Holy Days with observances of Yom Kippur starting with Kol Nidre service 6:30 pm, Oct. 7, Friday and continuing through Sat., Oct 8, from 9:30 am through Shofar blowing about 6:45 pm and break-fast [8944 E. Sommer Dr., Prescott Valley]. This will be followed on Wed., Oct. 12, with a 6 pm dinner [hopefully in the Sukkah] in Chino Valley and Thurs., Oct. 13, with 10 am services and lunch in Fain Park, Prescott Valley. The final seasonal service of Simchat Torah will be 10 am Fri., Oct. 21, in Granite Creek Park, Prescott. Additional Sukkot activities are listed at www.onetorah.org . For further information and details please call Beit Torah, 928-237-0390 .