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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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Courier Article Pesach 5772
It is abbreviated from the originally submitted article:
Charity: So that All May Celebrate
Although providing for the needy is an obligation upon Jews all throughout the year, special emphasis on charity comes with the Purim season, a time to celebrate narrow escapes from complete obliteration such as in Persia around 2500 years ago. This charity is especially earmarked for the month between Purim and Pesach [Passover]. Why? It is to provide for those who need assistance in order to fully be able to observe the Holy Days of the season. Whether the assistance be physical such as food or clothing, or spiritual, the responsibility to help whatever way we can is an obligation upon us all if we wish for no one to feel abandoned or excluded from the community.
Hence, a further tradition was established to allow all who are hungry to join in the observances and celebrations during the seder nights. All. Not just co-religionists. As it is said at the beginning of the Haggadah, the telling of the exodus story: "Let all who are hungry, come and eat; let all who are needy come and celebrate [with us] Passover."
We at Beit Torah Jewish Congregation [ www.onetorah.org ] take this obligation seriously and do not try to make our community seder into a funds raiser [although we do need to cover our costs]. Instead, we do try to share the beauty of the season with the story of the Exodus, high spirits, wonderful food, and songs of the season. Our seder includes excerpts from Haggadot [booklets telling of the Exodus] taken from several Jewish cultural traditions such as Rabbinic, Persian, Ethiopian, Russian, feminist, etc.. Further, we have proven time and again that even kosher for Pesach food can be wonderful!
This year our Annual Community Seder will start at 6:30 pm, Friday, April 6th, at the PVUMC classroom building, 8944 East Sommer Drive, Prescott Valley. Set up will start about an hour earlier. [This is not a PVUMC sponsored event.]
For those who observe the Fast of the Firstborn, male or female, Beit Torah will hold a brief study session and breakfast in Chino Valley on Thursday, April 5th, 9:30 am. Additionally in Chino Valley, Beit Torah will hold morning Passover study brunches on Sat. April 7, Sun. April 8, and Sat. April 14. All are welcome to join our Pesach celebrations and observances. To RSVP or for further details, please call (928) 237-0390 or write firstname.lastname@example.org .