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Nancy Federman
August 19, 2016

Shabbat Shalom

My first memory of Moses is as a young girl, sitting in a dark movie theatre, looking up at Charlton Heston portraying the icon in “The Ten Commandments.” The image that is stuck in my mind is from the end of the film, when Moses is very old. He is sadly saying goodbye to his family and Joshua. The Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land but God has forbidden Moses to go with them. I remember crying at the unfairness of it. It has always bothered me – the faithful servant Moses is denied the opportunity...

Greg Marcus
August 12, 2016

How many people could you call at two in the morning to come over in a pinch? How many people could you call at seven at night if you had a fever? How many people in the synagogue would you feel comfortable calling and asking them to buy groceries for you because you were sick?

What kind of a congregation would we be if every member of Beth Am had 2-4 people they could call in these kinds of circumstances?

How many of you are in a chavurah? For those who are, we should recognize how blessed and wonderful and...

Russ Lehrman
August 5, 2016

My parents were teachers.  And a whole lot more.  My Dad was irreverent, romantic, passionate guy.   He loved film - movies like King Kong and Gunda Din would make him tear up.  He was proudly Jewish, but always in the context of being hip.  So he would sing Chag Gadyaw with syncopation and a backbeat.  “Chad gadyaw…chad gadyaw”. He was a funny, challenging teacher who could keep his students entertained with his wit as he taught history and his deeply held values.  Values like non-violence and the sanctity of life.  When Emile Griffith killed Bennie “Kid” Paret in a welterweight title boxing match, it was...

Bruce Ives
July 29, 2016

At the tender age of five I became a graduate – of Charlotte Lubman’s Nursery School in Cleveland Ohio.  I don’t remember much about the day, but I still have the portfolio we received at the graduation ceremony with the words to our favorite songs, samples of our finger paintings in which you can see my tendency towards bold uses of color from an early age, and my favorite page called “Predictions for the Future”.  Essentially each student was asked what they thought they would be when they grew up and the answers were arrayed on a page with 2...

Bruce Ives
July 29, 2016

At the tender age of five I became a graduate – of Charlotte Lubman’s Nursery School in Cleveland Ohio.  I don’t remember much about the day, but I still have the portfolio we received at the graduation ceremony with the words to our favorite songs, samples of our finger paintings in which you can see my tendency towards bold uses of color from an early age, and my favorite page called “Predictions for the Future”.  Essentially each student was asked what they thought they would be when they grew up and the answers were arrayed on a page with 2...

Lorri Ford
Asilomar, 2016
July 23, 2016

“If donkeys read Torah, all the donkey stories would jump out at them,” says Rabbi Benay Lappe.  “Every time they’d see a donkey, they’d go — ‘There’s me!  There I am again!’  All the donkey stories, they would see,” she says. “All the donkey stories that we completely miss.”  [Rabbi Benay Lappe, ELI Talk, June 3, 2014, available at http://www.svara.org/eli-talk/]

This week, we have in Parshat Balak the donkey story to end all donkey stories.  I mean, they just don’t make donkey stories better than this (except for maybe Shrek).  And I have to say — although I want to...

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