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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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4/14/2011 9:58:00 PM
Beit Torah Passover Seder to reflect on our freedom
Special to the Courier
Beit Torah Jewish Congregation will hold its Community Passover Seder 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the GPUUC social hall, 882 Sunset Ave., in Prescott.
Pesach (Passover) is a time to remember escape from the punishing plagues that Egypt experienced and our exodus from bondage in Egypt about 3,500 years ago. It also reminds us that no matter where we are, we need to cherish the freedoms we have, particularly the freedom of religion we enjoy in this country. At the same time, we are mindful of the many in the world whom do not have these freedoms and who need help to achieve freedom from oppressive circumstances.
These are the lessons of Passover that the congregation members will be thinking of as they share the story of the Exodus from Egypt, good camaraderie, high spirits, wonderful food, and songs of the season.
For those who observe the Fast of the Firstborn, Beit Torah is hosting a brief study session and breakfast in Chino Valley at 9:30 am on Monday, April 18. Additionally in Chino Valley, Beit Torah will hold morning Passover study brunches at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 19, Wednesday, April 20, Shabbat/Saturday, April 23, and Monday, April 25. Arrangements for a Memorial Service (Yiskor) and study session on Tuesday, April 26, are underway.
All are welcome to join the Passover celebrations and observances. To RSVP, call 237-0390. Visit www.onetorah.org for more information.
4/12/2011 9:52:00 PM
Beit Torah hosts study session on 'Different Ways to Tell of the Exodus'
Beit Torah Jewish Congregation is holding a study session 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Prescott Public Library in the Bump Room, comparing various kinds of Haggadot, booklets in which the story of the exodus is related. The session, "From Velikovsky to Plain Folk: the Different Ways to Tell of the Exodus," will also touch on non-Jewish traditions for the telling of the exodus.
Event Annual Community Passover Seder
Place GPUUC social hall
Address 882 Sunset
Details [NOT A GPUUC SPONSORED EVENT] Beit Torah welcomes all to our annual Kosher Community Passover Seder. Set up at 6, seder at 7, cleaned up and out by 10. RSVP early to save your place.
Start Date Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Start Time 6:30 PM
End Time 10:00 PM
Additional Information Beit Torah Jewish Congregation
Web Address www.onetorah.org