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Rabbi Janet Marder
Reform Community Shabbat
May 16, 2003

The other day, flying back from New York on Jet Blue, I flipped through the channels on my personal Direct TV screen and came to an old episode of one of my favorite shows: "I Love Lucy." Lucy and Ethel were in the kitchen, washing up after supper - both of them in those full-skirted housedresses, cinched at the waist, with aprons on to protect them from the splashing.

"Seems like my hands are always in hot water," Lucy said to Ethel matter-of-factly. "What with cooking and bathing the baby and washing dishes three times a day." Ethel sighed...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
May 16, 2003

There's a stretch of interstate 70 in Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado that doesn't seem to change much. Mile after mile of level wheat fields, the highway cutting through them in a straight, even trajectory. The distant horizon never seems to draw near. It is America the Beautiful with its spacious skies and amber waves of grain, but after hundreds of miles, the inspiration wanes. That is until the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains burst from the land at the intersection of mountain and plain. When I first made this drive, the Great Plains of Kansas were just...

Rabbi Susan Lippe
May 3, 2003

A number of years ago, a group of friends and I rented a van and took a road trip through Northern Israel. We hired an English-speaking guide who turned out to be from New York. Zeev was a bent Israeli dressed in black. His long grey beard reached the middle buttons of his shirt. He hiked and talked tirelessly.

As we walked through the Galilee, Ze'ev spoke earnestly. He would point to bent, dry trees by the river as we hiked in the sun. His Brooklyn accent cut through the quiet of Autumn.

"You love this tired, old tree more...

Rabbi Janet Marder
May 2, 2003

Did you hear about it? It was in all the papers. Investigators found a wealthy family  -- parents and five young children under the age of 3 -- living in a beautiful home. Four of the kids had everything a child could want - a warm, comfortable bedroom, plenty of food and a nice wardrobe. But the parents kept their fifth child in a small, cold room in a corner of the house. Some nights they even made her sleep outside on the street. They fed her a meager diet. Sometimes, while the rest of the family ate, they let...

Rabbi Janet Marder
April 27, 2003

A story for Yizkor, written by Isaac Bashevis Singer. It's called in Yiddish "Der Palatz - The Castle."

 Menashe was an orphan. He lived with his uncle Mendel, who was a poor man who couldn't even manage to feed and clothe his own children. Menashe had always been a curious child. He had begun to ask questions as soon as he could talk. How high is the sky? How deep is the earth? What is beyond the edge of the world? Why are people born? Why do they die?

It was a hot and humid summer day. A golden haze...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
April 25, 2003

Will Rogers was famous for saying, "All I know is just what I read in the papers." Consider what we'd know from reading the papers recently. An airline CEO--former CEO--tricks poorly paid flight attendants into taking pay cuts while protecting lavish benefits packages for his top executives.  A top investment banker, not long ago the darling of Silicon Valley, is charged with obstruction of Justice, destroying documents that might reveal a paper trail of fraud and deception. A clean-cut, all-American young man is charged with murdering his pregnant wife and dumping the body in the bay. A teenage driver...

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