Showing posts from August, 2013

Lessons from Renewing My License Before the Days of Awe

There is a custom that all us drivers know all too well:  license renewal.  I hadn't had to go through the 'process' of actually going into the office since 9/11 and I realized that proving 'who I am' (i.e. my identity) became a lot more complicated!   As a result of my birthday being in August, I also realized that license renewal almost always occurs during the month of Elul, a time of deep introspection and preparation for the Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe/the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).  With this kavanah in mind, I wanted to give some observations and some guiding questions that you may help you prepare for these 'tests'. Observation 1:   It's not easy to prove who you are!  Take a look at all the documents you need to bring with you to get a new license -CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN THE DMV'S SITE Primary Identification, Proof of Social Security Number, 2 Proofs of Residential Address

It might not seem like much, but try finding al…

Is Anonymous Really The Best Way To Go? Please watch this to prepare for our Text study this Shabbat on Ki Tavo

DISCLAIMER - Language may not suitable for young people, there are a couple instances of cursing:  
4:50 - 4:53

Clips for tonight's dvar torah - August 16th, 2013

Some clips I would like for you to watch before coming to our Friday night service tonight at Congregation Shaarei Kodesh.

What are your BIG Questions for 5774?

One can see a relic of the past in many synagogue libraries, and many homes: encyclopedias. These valuable books that hold all the knowledge that we would need about various subjects, A - Z (or Alef to Taf) can be found on anyone’s computer or smart phone through the internet. All the answers are out there, for free, and anyone can access them. The information revolution might be the most significant revolution in mankind's  history; a true game changer. But with all this information at our fingertips, why does it feel like something is still missing? Why do we still seem to be without all the answers that we need?

There is a famous scene that I shared with you from the movie A Few Good Men staring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. The famous line, “I want answers!” resonates with us because answers are what we seek, especially during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. But you cannot get to answers without BIG questions. One of the names for Rosh Hashanah is Yom Harat HaOlam, th…