“The Sounds of Silence” is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 on December 4, 1965. It spent 12 weeks on the chart. By January 1966, it had sold one million copies. (Wikipedia) I know most rabbis will call people before Chanukah;
There are many lessons one can learn from the horrific carnage which took place in California last week. For instance, I am amazed at the difference in how certain people view the concept of “inspiration.” A quick Google search of the words “Inspire Judaism” brought me to a website of “Project Inspire.” The webpage states its goal is: “to awaken and
As I write these words, The New England Patriots football team is about to observe a ‘Moment of Silence' in memory of Ezra Schwartz, a native of Sharon, MA, who was killed in a terror attack on Thursday. The Moment of Silence originates with the Quakers. Since silence contains no statements or assumptions concerning beliefs and requires
Did you ever hear of Rami bar Chama? If you have learned Talmud Bavli you most probably have come across his name since he is mentioned there 233 times. Did you ever wonder when he died and why? Well perhaps it’s time you did. The Talmud in Massechta Berachos (47b) informs us of the
As I glanced at the news this morning I could not help but notice the headline: “Miracle Mets are Headed to the World Series!” The New York Mets would be heading to the World Series for the first time since 2000. Although it's been years since I have followed baseball, as I looked at the headline my mind waxed nostalgic as I recalled
The headlines informed us of the cold blooded and calculated murder of Rav Eitam and Na’ama Henkin zt”l who were killed as their four children sat in the back seat of the vehicle. There are no words of consolation I can offer to the orphans. We must at least attempt to appreciate what we had and what we lost and where we go from
“‘I Have a Dream’ is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement” (Wikipedia).
Disclaimer: Please note the following is written in jest and is in no way meant to mock any person or group. That being said, almost every day I see ‘chashuva people’ speaking on their phones while driving. I myself can always use the chizuk to make sure I am properly ‘aligned.’ Therefore, if the only person who takes a
We all want to begin Elul properly. We heard the shofar this morning in shul and we have just begun the road to repair. We all can certainly improve in our relationships with our fellow Jews. This past Shabbos we read the p’sukim (Devarim 15:7-8): “If there will be among you a needy person, from one of your brothers…, you shall not harden
There has been much discussion over the years regarding the issue of entitlement. I openly admit that I speak without scientific results and without the benefit of any extensive or exhaustive research study. Nevertheless, I feel strongly that we live in a time of when the feelings of entitlement continue to grow and grow. Many people feel they 'have the right' to express themselves and their lifestyles in whatever way they want.