“‘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).

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.

The last Mishnah in Ta'anis states: Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says, "There were never happier days for the Jews like the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur for on those days the daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards…" "Tu B'Av" - the fifteenth day of the month of Av is a day which after the difficult and painful days of Tisha B'Av is supposed to be a day of unity and of joy. It
There are a lot of good things about cell phones; however, there are also lots of problems with them. Mind you, I am not referring to 'Internet usage' … that is a totally different question. And I am also not referring to their ability to disturb davening which is a big problem. Rather, I am just talking about the fact of having a cell phone! There is much discussion about 'Kosher' cell phones and that is good
Mail -- it's one of those things you cannot live with and cannot live without. On the one hand it is a useful way of communication, on the other hand, it never seems to stop and it just keeps piling up. As a rabbi, you might not be surprised to learn that almost every Tzedaka organization in the world seems to have my shul on their mailing list.
Editor's note: This vort is about me and about you. You may recognize certain people in this vort and you will think you know who they are. And you may be correct; however, equally correct is everyone else who is 'sure' they know the person I am referring to. The truth is that I am referring to everyone and to no one; to you and to me; to us as a whole. If you

I am embarrassed this morning. I am embarrassed for two reasons. I am embarrassed that this week my computer imploded and I am faced with the loss of all of my 'creative writing' for the past five years. Why I am embarrassed about this? I am embarrassed that I am so upset about this!