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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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Recent Events 5772
Kabbalat Shabbat dinner at Adele's was very enjoyable and the attendees resolved to do such at least once a month!
April 15, the Days of Remembrance presentation at Yavapai College
A group of us attended, as we do each year, and found the stories of the three child survivors to be gripping and absorbing. This year was much more audible and better understood than last. The content was absorbing and heart wrenching. Yet we could not but wonder what were the stories of all those who did not make it through the war...
More comments will be added as they come in. If you attended, please feel free to submit your comment on the event for posting on the website.
Purim is Coming 5772
Mid-week Purim seems to lose its glitter,
Competing with everyday jobs and chores.
Yet can’t we find just another few minutes
To hear Purim tales, eat festive foods, and more?
Shouldn’t we take time each and every day
To support our Temples and tend to the poor?
For if we can’t find in our hearts such compassion,
How then can our Leaders succeed to prevent war?
It is said that the mitzvot of Purim are four: hear the story of Esther, eat a festive community meal, give support to local Jewish Institutions so that they may continue to exist, and give charity to the poor especially so that all can have all they need to observe Pesach [Passover] fully.
Purim Megillah reading dinner at Adele's 5:30-6:30 pm March 7, Wednesday. A time for joyous celebration!
Beit Torah had a small delegation attend the PVUMC hosting of a Russian youth folk dance troupe. It was a delightful afternoon complete with very enjoyable Russian singing, dancing, and costumes along with some audience participation. It seems that the average age of the Russian youth was about 15-16 and they seemed to have the energy and spirit to match!
Chanukah 5772, Dec. 23rd, 2011
Patrick hosted our annual Chanukah party at the Stoneridge Community Center. This year we did a Shabbat Chanukah dinner party with 18 participants, 4 of whom were children. Lots of candles were lit with prayers and songs accordingly. Jerry was even able to join us despite his continuing recovery from cracked vertebrae.
Patrick prepared great pasta with vegetable sauce, one pot with cheese and the other without. Latke contributions came from Leah and Melanie along with applesauce and lots of salads and drinks from everybody else. Lox and cheese went well with the potato flour rolls, the grape juice was spiced just right, and gifts for the children were given out.
May we all have many more Simchas to celebrate and enjoy!
Shanah Tova! Oct. 2011
Our recent Nov. 12th Simcha party is reported on under Recent Good News!