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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…