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Rabbi Janet Marder
May 29, 2004

Each week we invite our Bar or Bat Mitzvah to ask a Jewish question for the rabbi to answer in five minutes or less. Here was Caroline’s question: “During the Holocaust most Jews still practiced Judaism and stayed true to their beliefs and God, despite all that was happening to them. But in the end they faced devastating losses. I was wondering what is a theory about where God was and what Judaism says about God’s power.”

This is a very profound and important question, and of course many books have been written in an attempt to answer it. It’s...

Rabbi Janet Marder
May 26, 2004

A story told by the Hasidim: Once a king was traveling with his child through the wilderness. And when a king travels, his entire entourage travels along: ministers, guards, attendants and servants, all ready to serve their master and carry out his will.

Suddenly the procession came to a halt. The king’s child was crying. “Water,” said the prince. “I want water.”

The king convened his advisors to address the crisis. “My son is thirsty,” he said to them, “and our water supplies are exhausted. How are we to get water in the wilderness?”

After some deliberation, two proposals were...

Maksim Khurgin
Confirmation 5764
May 22, 2004

Shabbat Shalom! In this portion Behar, in the book of Leviticus, God is speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai . Laws and commands are being laid down for the Israelites to follow once they reach the Promised Land, especially in terms of an economic system. A variety of laws are presented here. These include a “Sabbath of the land” in which once every 7 years the land cannot be planted on, and the “jubilee year” where once every 50 years there is a year of celebration. There are also laws on treatment of land, property, and, perhaps most surprisingly,...

Mia Walker
Confirmation 5764
May 22, 2004

I’ve always struggled with God. I never saw God as a man in the sky with a long white beard and a list like Santa Clause. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know, but I never developed that unconditional reverence toward God that characterized most of the other kids in my Hebrew School classes.

Even at a very young age, I resented the idea of God—all it was to me was boring services that lasted all day and an exceptionally long scroll of foreign writing that told of far-fetched fairy tales I learned about...

Anique Drumwright
Confirmation 5764
May 22, 2004

Shabbat Shalom

Judaism, my family and most of all myteachers have always taught me to question, which has fed my curiosity. In addition, America 's constitution guarantees the freedom of speech, freedom of press and the right to peaceful assembly, allowing the people of America to question our government. On April 25th I was able to join a march which questioned President Bush's quest to take away a woman’s right to choose. I am not familiar with the Washington DC area, but being amongst the million protestors I never felt out of place. Our...

Rabbi Susan Lippe
Rabbi Lippe
May 19, 2004

Speech to the Palo Alto High School Sophomore Class

INTRODUCTION
Good Morning.

 I am honored to speak to you today.  I’m not going to try to change your lives right now.  Especially because most of you don’t even know me.

Here’s who I am: I’m a rabbi and an educator.  I’ve been working with teens for ten years.  I work with a couple hundred teens every year.

Part of me wants to tell you about all the teens I know.  The ones who cut themselves to relieve a little pain.  The ones who can’t climb...

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