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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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Rabbinical Seminary International and New Synagogue Statement of Principles
As a graduate of the Rabbinical Seminary International, Rabbi Dr. Adele wishes to share the cherished principles which guide the members and graduates of the Seminary, RSI:
1. We affirm the beauty, the value and the significance of the Jewish faith as the primary source of our spiritual teachings.
2. We believe that, from the beginning, the Jewish faith has evolved to meet changing historical conditions.
3. WE BELIEVE IN THE ONE GOD OF ALL HUMANITY.
4. We believe that meditation or inward spiritual seeking is one of the instruments used to attune to the Divine Presence that is the very core of human nature.
5. We emphasize affirmative power over petitionary prayer.
6. We believe that new and renewed forms of individual and communal prayer (such as meditations, visualizations, and affirmations such as in song) can enhance the real purposes of the prayer experience.
7. We hold that one of the most important purposes of religion is healing.
8. We affirm that each human being is part of this healing process, called in the tradition Tikun Olam, the healing of the world.
9. WE AFFIRM THE EXTRAORDINARILY RICH TEACHINGS OF THE JEWISH FAITH IS, FOR US, THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF JUDAISM.
10. We believe that a Judaism that emphasizes the spiritual facet of our faith is an authentic Jewish expression that has its roots in the Tanach [Bible].
11. The closer contact that exists today among the diverse ethnic, cultural, racial, and religious groups of humanity leads us to a deeper sense of the oneness of humanity.
12. Spiritual Judaism is a non-dogmatic, non-legalistic, liberal spiritual path that welcomes all people who seek to attune to the presence of the Holy One in their lives as the source of health, abundance, joy, love, and wholeness.
Letter to Courier by Rabbi
|home : opinions : letters||November 06, 2013|
|11/2/2013 6:00:00 AM|
Letter: Lax gun-buying laws lead to tragic deaths
Every life is precious! Yet, just one year ago, Zina Daniel and two others were shot and killed in a Wisconsin hair salon by her estranged husband after he bought a gun online, bypassing his legal restriction due to a restraining order. It was a tragedy that could have been prevented, if only ALL gun purchases required Brady background checks.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we call upon Congress to pass pending legislation to expand Brady background checks on gun purchases, like H.R. 1565.
Today, 40 percent of gun sales do not require Brady background checks. This makes it far too easy for dangerous domestic abusers to get their hands on guns and harm innocent victims.
Current gun laws narrowly defining spousal relationships and a lack of a federal ban on stalkers subject to a restraining order continue to put women at risk and should be strengthened to protect them. Enforcing a restraining order for a gun ownership violation is too late after the "protected" individual is murdered!
We simply must do more to limit the access domestic abusers have to firearms.
Dr. Rabbi Adele Plotkin
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