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Rabbi Josh Zweiback
October 11, 2002

God is compassionate and God is good. Very good.

If God were not compassionate, if God were not so very good, well, I suspect we’d be under water about now. Like before. Like in the time of Noah.

God made a beautiful world for us to inhabit. This planet of ours, this pale blue dot, perfectly situated so that life does not merely exist, it flourishes.

God filled the world with light and life. Clear air to breathe. Cool, fresh water for drinking. Plants and animals of every variety.

But God despaired. We were God’s great disappointment. God had such...

Rabbi Susan Lippe
Yom Kippur 5763
September 16, 2002

I am not a dog person. And I am barely the kind of person dog people can tolerate. I ask too many questions. But, have you seen the way they train dogs? Treats, physical affection, and loving words.

When the dog disappears, runs away, the owner gets worried, frantic, even mad. When the dog comes back, she gets hugs and kisses. And what does the owner say when she returns? Good doggie.

I say, not good doggie. If she was your kid, you would yell. And you would punish her. You'd take the car keys away, or the...

Rabbi Josh Zweiback
Yom Kippur 5763
September 16, 2002
Rabbi Janet Marder
Kol Nidre 5763
September 15, 2002

The Talmud has a lot to say about marriage, as it does about everything else. Here's one of my favorite quotations: "If your wife is short, bend down and listen to her" [Bava Metzia 59a].  I am lucky to have a husband who bends down to listen, and who bends over backwards to show love and support for his wife.

I spoke last Yom Kippur about Shelly's traditional gift to me at this season - not the stuff of a fairytale romance, perhaps, but useful nonetheless. This year, right on schedule, Shelly presented me with my gift: a file of...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
Shabbat Shuvah 5763
September 13, 2002

After a long day of work, the first thing I do when I arrive home is greet my wife with a kiss and a hug . . .usually. On one recent night after a particularly difficult day, however, I arrived home, shuffled through the day's offering of junk mail and bills, listened to my phone messages, poured myself something to drink, prepared a little snack. After several minutes of tending to these mundane and unimportant matters, Karen made her presence known with loud clearings of her throat. I knew she was home. Nevertheless, for some inexplicable reason, I chose to...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
Rosh Hashana 5763
September 7, 2002

There's a brief but memorable scene in the 1980 movie comedy, Airplane.  The flight attendant, Elaine, asks an elderly woman if she'd like something to read.  "Do you have anything light?" the woman asks. Elaine responds, "How about this leaflet. 'Famous Jewish Sports Legends?"

While our people - Shawn Green and Sandy Koufax notwithstanding - may not be legendary athletes, we do make some great fans.  Throughout my childhood, even into my early adult years, my dad would take me to games at Fenway Park.  I loved watching my baseball heroes compete.  I loved the excitement of a tied game,...

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