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Rabbi Janet Marder
February 6, 2004

Out in the world, I know that this was a busy week. There were seven primary elections, and the Democratic presidential race started to narrow down to a few finalists. There was a Superbowl Game, and, I gather, a rather notorious halftime show. Oracle moved in on PeopleSoft. The bird flu continued to wreak havoc in Asia. Controversy continued to swirl about whose fault it was that our president called us to go to war in Iraq on the basis of false information. Rabbi Gerald Raiskin, longtime spiritual leader of our sister congregation, Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, lost his...

Rabbi Janet Marder
January 31, 2004

Each week we invite our students to choose a Jewish question for the rabbi to answer, in four minutes or less, at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah service. Allie, as some of you know, has a very inquiring mind, and this is the Jewish question she chose:

Who wrote the Torah, and why is it sacred?

The Torah, first of all, is the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. “Torah” is a Hebrew word that means “instruction” or “teaching.” Who actually created it? Nowhere in the Torah itself does it say who the author...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
January 30, 2004

What is the worth of a human life? This is the question that was posed yesterday in Israel, and was discussed and debated in cafes, offices, and living rooms. What is the worth of a human life? What is one willing to exchange in order to know for certain the fate of a loved one? Yesterday morning after three years of delicate and complicated negotiations, the Israeli government released four hundred and twenty nine prisoners—members of the Lebanese terrorist organization, Hezbollah—in exchange for the remains of three Israeli Defense Forces soldiers, and one living civilian, a suspicious Israeli businessman. What...

Rabbi Charles Briskin
January 9, 2004

Remember celebrating Simchat Torah here? The music, the dancing, the Single Malt Scotch? It was just twelve weeks ago that we began the annual cycle of reading Torah with the familiar trope, “Bereshit barah Elohim, et ha’shamayim, v’et ha’aretz—When God began to create the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1) It has been twelve weeks for us but two thousand years have passed in the Torah since God created the earth and all that dwells within. But this week we arrive to complete the book of Genesis and conclude the patriarchal and matriarchal narratives. And this parasha—this Torah portion—ends with...

Rabbi Janet Marder
January 2, 2004

On November 1, 1755, it was All Saints’ Day in Lisbon, Portugal -- then one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and one of the largest, as well. That day, as the churches were packed with devout worshipers, a devastating earthquake struck the city. A modern writer describes it like this: “Just before ten in the morning, the city was hit by a sudden sideways lurch now estimated in magnitude 9.0 and shaken ferociously for seven full minutes. The convulsive force was so great that the water rushed out of the city’s harbor and returned in a wave fifty...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
December 11, 2003

Imagine yourself as the managing editor of a newspaper. How do you decide which stories to place on the front page and which to bury deep inside. Where would you have placed the circus involving Michael Jackson? Or the search for the missing college student in North Dakota? Which stories matter? Recent Supreme Court decisions and congressional legislation certainly do. Would you have covered Senator Susan Collins appearance at last week’s AIPAC dinner in San Jose? Where is Israel in your newspaper? What do you think is important in the world and what makes news newsworthy?

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