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Between Luz and Beit El, the World as It Is and the World as It Should Be©

Between Luz and Beit El, the World as It Is and the World as It Should Be© by Rabbi David Baum Delivered on November 28th, 2009 Parashat Vayetzei
While I was a fourth year student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, I was invited to something called a “house meeting”.I had no idea what this meeting would be, or what the organizers wanted me to say, but I went anyway.I sat around a table while one of my classmates asked us all a simple question:what keeps you up at night?Everyone around the room told a story, some were about healthcare, others about child care, and then it was my turn.I told a story about something I experienced as a student.Years before, the seminary had some financial difficulties and had to make money fast.The Seminary chose to sell a property that they owned on 103rd and Broadway which was supposed to be graduate student housing.No one was consulted about this, especially not the graduate students who had the most to lose.But I was most upset about the fact that my fe…

Shabbat Message - Hayyei Sarah 2013/5773

On Wednesday evening, I had the honor of sitting on a panel of rabbis in our community for theSPBC Jewish Federation's Young Adult Division "Courage to Remember" Event.  The event was held to show the Courage to Remember exhibit, a traveling Holocaust remembrance exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Tolerance in Los Angeles.  I was one of four rabbis from our community who was asked how we personally kept our faith in God when we dealt with adversity in our lives.  Looking through my notes, I found the dvar torah I gave for this week's parashah, Hayyei Sarah four years ago.  As I read the dvar torah, I was instantly transported back in time to those moments.  That Shabbat in mid-November was the first shabbat that we came back to Shaarei Kodesh after our son Avi was in the hospital for over a week at the Pediatric ICU at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.  I urge you all to read these wordsPLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE DVAR TORAH - "SOMETIMES, ALL YOU …