From the Rabbi’s Desk

  • Looking at it Both Ways July 11, 2014
    A couple of weeks ago we read in the Torah about the very unfortunate incident for Moses that resulted in his banishment from the Promised Land. The Children of Israel ...
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  • Pray – It Cannot Hurt, and It Might Help June 27, 2014
    The Indianapolis Jewish Community has joined with Jews from all over the world in praying for the safe return of the three teenagers kidnapped in Israel. Together we raise our ...
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  • The Times They Are A-Changing June 13, 2014
    Moving has some very big up-sides, and some very big down-sides. Schlepping boxes of files – OMG! And looking at notes from years ago – maybe not all that bad. Shabbat ...
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  • Raising the Bar a Little Bit Higher May 23, 2014
    Often I have heard people say that in order to live a good and proper life, all one has to do is to follow the 10 Commandments. Now, leaving aside ...
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  • If You Can’t Say Nothing Good – Don’t Say Nothing at All — Thumper May 9, 2014
    The above line from Thumper demonstrates that the fictional character truly understood the importance of the Biblical injunction to not hurt people with words. In many ways Jewish law equates ...
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  • Yom HaShoah Thank You – Karrer and Chrysostomos April 15, 2014
    As we enter the commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, we take a moment to reflect on all the vile and tragic events that have befallen our ...
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  • Kafka’s Passover April 11, 2014
    Franz Kafka is perhaps one of the most Jewish of all writers. This is, in part, because Kafka understood that one of Judaism’s recurring themes is that reality is the ...
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  • Passover Approaches and the Death of a Cat March 28, 2014
    As I am writing this, one of my daughter’s cats is dying. By the time you read this, Benji will most likely have died. Benji’s death is not a tragic ...
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  • Purim and Shabbat Zachor March 24, 2014
    March 14, the Shabbat preceding Purim, is known as Shabbat Zachor. On this Shabbat an extra portion of the Law is read that begins with the phrase, `Remember what Amalek ...
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  • Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals February 28, 2014
    “There Is Nothing Either Good Or Bad, But Thinking Makes It So” — William Shakespeare, Hamlet I have become a great fan of anti-depressants. Better living through chemistry. Well, the living ...
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