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Moses’ Last Song #693

09/17/2021 05:46:00 PM

Sep17

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashah Ha'azinu

“Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone”
For the Times They are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan 1963)

Moses' Last Song?

A question was once asked of the great Sage,...Read more...

Apologies: Real or Hollow? #692

09/10/2021 06:06:00 PM

Sep10

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Apologies: Real or Hollow?

“Sincere apologies, it would seem, are becoming our nation’s fastest diminishing resource.”

So wrote Rabbi Elliott Cosgrove of Manhattan’s Park Avenue Synagogue in 2013.

In particular, he referred to the behavior of a famous tennis player, who had recently thrown a tantrum after losing a US Open match.

The tennis star subsequently issued a “non-apology apology“ blaming the...Read more...

Our Children in a Divided World#691

09/03/2021 03:14:00 PM

Sep3

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Nitzavim
Choose life so that you and your offspring are to live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Our Children in a Divided World

What in heaven’s name is going on in the world?

Am I the only one who feels that a dark and nasty cloud is enveloping us right now? Floods, earthquakes, fire, plague.

Wars, environmental degradation, sexism, otherism.

It’s almost biblical.

As many of us —...Read more...

Since My Bar Mitzvah #690

08/27/2021 05:47:00 PM

Aug27

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Ki Tavo
“I, the Lord, will speed it in due time.” (Isaiah 60:22)

Since My Bar Mitzvah

Like many bar mitzvah students, I passed through my special day in 1966 with very little spiritual connection to the words I recited.

In those days, bar mitzvahs were endured. I was taught by my father to chant some Hebrew words, which I did not understand. The idea was to get through...Read more...

The Case Against Hoarding #689

08/20/2021 04:50:00 PM

Aug20

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Ki Teitzel
“When you enter another's vineyard, you may eat as many grapes as you want, until you are full, but you must not put any in your vessel.” (Deuteronomy 23:25)

The Case Against Hoarding

Last Sunday, with the sun shining and the temperature just right, we decided to pay a few visits to local car dealerships.

For those of you who live outside of Glen Cove, our community was once part of the Gold...Read more...

Story of the Sinking Boat#688

08/13/2021 05:00:00 PM

Aug13

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Shoftim
“Righteousness, righteousness you shall pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:18)

Story of the Sinking Boat

There is a story in the Midrash — our collection of ancient stories and interpretations — about a group of people traveling on a ship.

As the boat sets sail, one of the passengers pulls out a drill and begins drilling under his seat. Perhaps he wanted to fish or gather wood for a...Read more...

Yes, No. Calling Women to the Torah #687

08/06/2021 02:34:00 PM

Aug6

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Re'eh
“All Jews count toward the seven prescribed readers — even a minor and even a women….” (Talmud, Megillah 23a)

Yes, No. Calling Women to the Torah

I am often asked, “Why do Conservative and Reform Judaism enable women to be called to the Torah — but Orthodox Judaism does not?”

It’s a passionate topic. Conservative and Reform rabbis point to the need to realign...Read more...

The Pursuit of Kindness #686

07/30/2021 06:44:00 PM

Jul30

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Parashat Eikev
The LORD will establish you as His holy people, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. (Deuteronomy 28:9)

The Pursuit of Kindness

The other day, I was thinking about the evolution of magazines. You remember magazines.

We’ve evolved from Life and Look magazines — established during the mid-1930s — which, through...Read more...

Who Inspired Your Judaism? #685

07/23/2021 06:35:00 PM

Jul23

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

“Teach these words to your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

Who Inspired Your Judaism?

Stop and think for a moment. Who, in your past, taught you the most about being Jewish?

Was it a parent, grandparent, teacher, rabbi, cantor, friend or even a stranger?

And what was the greatest lesson that person...Read more...

Are Jews the Eternal Victim? #684

07/16/2021 04:50:00 PM

Jul16

Rabbi Irwin Huberman

Tisha B'Av, 2021 Are Jews the Eternal Victim?

I have a choice when I wake up each morning.

I can greet the day with hope and optimism, or I can convince myself — as I sip my first cup of coffee — that, “everyone will be out to get me today.”

It happens. We are a little late for work or an appointment, and we try to race a green light, which, to our frustration, turns red.

Then, we manage to hit every...Read more...

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