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Tina Rosenblum
July 21, 2017

Shabbat shalom.

Have you ever watched a movie, read a story, listened to a lecture, and thought to yourself I wonder where this is going? I wonder how this is going to end? I’ll just tell you now, how this dvar Torah will end, with Proverbs 27:17 –

“Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the mind of his friend.”

Now that you know how this will end, I have a question for all of the married men here tonight. How many of you make it a regular daily practice to review the vows, oaths, commitments, and promises your...

Donnovan Yisrael
July 7, 2017
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
June 30, 2017

Long ago, on the top of an otherwise disparate hill, lived two brothers. They were farmers who tilled the land they had inherited from their father. One was married with four children, while the other was single and lived alone. They lived in close proximity to each other, and together they worked the land, growing wheat. When harvest time arrived, they were blessed with a bountiful crop and split it equally before each piled up his grain for long-term storage. The unmarried brother thought to himself that God had blessed him with more than he needed, whereas his brother, who...

Rabbi Janet Marder
June 23, 2017

A warm summer night in the small rural town of Central Point, Virginia – July 11, 1958. The newlyweds were sleeping peacefully, unaware that they were about to make history. In the early hours of the morning the police, relying on an anonymous tip, burst into their bedroom. The couple pointed to their marriage license, framed and hanging on the wall, showing that they had been married the previous month in the District of Columbia. The police told them that their marriage was invalid in Virginia. Then they arrested Richard Loving, a white...


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