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Do Not Hate Your Brother In Your Heart(c) - Kedoshim 2014/5774

Do Not Hate Your Brother In Your Heart(c) Parashat Kedoshim, 2014/5774
By Rabbi David Baum

A teacher told me an interesting story this week. In her class, there was an Israeli child who was making fun of an African American boy in her class. The Israeli child kept calling him “poop skin” and laughing at him. The teacher took the boy aside and asked him why he is calling this child names based on his skin color. The child replied: “who cares if I make fun of him, he’s not one of us!”
It was at that moment that the teacher went to her desk, took out a ruler, and brought it to him. As she showed it to him, she asked him one question: “How does this make you feel?” 
His face changed immediately – gone was the care free smile and he became angry: “I think it’s terrible - I don't like it.” 
What made this boy react this way? The ruler was something the teacher keeps in her drawer, something she found in her class room years ago. On the rule was a picture of a face on it…covered with a swastik…

“What is a Jewish holiday? They tried to kill us. We survived. Now let’s eat!”© by Rabbi David Baum

“What is a Jewish holiday? They tried to kill us. We survived.  Now let’s eat!”© by Rabbi David Baum Acharei Mot 2014/5774 - Congregation Shaarei Kodesh In one word – how would you describe the feeling of Passover? Many people say joyous, and in fact, our greeting for Passover is, hag kasher v’sameach, have a happy, and a kosher Passover. But let’s think back to Passover – is it a happy holiday? There’s an old Jewish joke:“What is a Jewish holiday?They tried to kill us, we survived, now let’s eat.”We focus on the ‘we survived, now let’s eat part, but the first part?We tend to skip over that. Let’s think back to the story – we have the killing of infant boys, drowning them in rivers, we have perpetual slavery – think about slavery for a moment.Who in here has seen the movie 12 Years A Slave?The movie is a true story about, Solomon Northup, a free African American man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.The movie shows the bitterness of his ordeals – the beatings, the hard labor, t…

Passover Parodies 2014/5774!

PESACH/PASSOVER PARODIES 2014/5774 A TON of Let Us Go Parodies (from Frozen)
I will be updated with more videos as I find them

Let It Go Parodies

And one from a South Florida colleague :)

Some from last year...


Abracadabra – The Power of Our Words©

Abracadabra – The Power of Our Words© Rabbi David Baum, Shabbat Tazria, March 29, 2014/27 of Adar 5774 I saw a strange scene that I would like to show you.A lawyer, Stanley Cohen, wearing a kafiya, making a comment after his client, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law was convicted conspiring to kill Americans and other terror charges.Mr. Cohen stood outside of the court room and this is what he had to say:“It’s not about words, it’s not about association, if you want to turn around and indict people for words, there are about 270 congressmen who have said some pretty incendiary things, maybe we should start there.” What exactly did Abu Ghaith do? The day after 9/11, at Bin Laden’s request, Mr. Abu Ghaith issued the first of a series of videotaped statements that helped Bin Laden spread his global message of terror, energize Qaeda fighters and recruit new ones.Abu Ghaith became Bin Laden’s spokesman, some might say a Goebbels ‘lite’ – spreading propagan…