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7 Rules For Calling the Rabbi

A conversation I had too often as a congregational rabbi:

  • Mrs. Cohen: Rabbi, why didn’t you visit Abe Levi in the hospital?
  • Me: What? Abe Levi was in the hospital?
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#ext17 Film Screening: No Joke

At Extravaganza 2017, we’ll have the opportunity to screen a brand new documentary called “No Joke.”  It’s a film about 3 religious leaders from Peoria, Illinois, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim Imam and a Christian pastor, who have all become close friends.   148 more words

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Walking it Out: The Person of Jesus -- Day 6

Last Sunday we discussed the significance of Jesus’ baptism and how it related to His ministry as a rabbi, or as one who taught with authority. 42 more words


A Referendum on the American Dream: Rabbi Berkowitz's Yom Kippur Morning Sermon 5777

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame… 2,998 more words


Fasting on Yom Kippur; Reflections From Someone Recovering From an Eating Disorder

Today was the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the year in our religion and we are told to abstain from pleasures including sex, spending money, and biggest of all, food. 488 more words

Not an Ordained Rabbi

Temple Beth-El in Hornell, NY, had a celebration to recognize its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places on Sunday, October 9, 2016.  The building itself  is not impressive to look at.  451 more words


Rabbi in critical condition following assault in Ukraine (VERY VERY VERY GOOD!!!!)

(JTA) — A Chabad rabbi in Ukraine was severely beaten in the western city of Zhitomir, a spokesperson for the Hasidic group said, adding it is too early to tell whether the assault was a hate crime. 97 more words

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