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YOUR Mother's Day

This time of the year is all about counting.  I know what you are thinking, I’m counting the omer, but actually, I’ve been counting the days until Mother’s Day trying to find the right gifts to make all the mothers in my life happy!   I wonder if the mothers in the room know how hard it is to buy a mothers day gift.   Fathers will be happy with a tie or a gift card, but mothers…oy.   Mother’s Day is a big holiday in our secular calendar, and I’m sure almost all of you have plans one way or the other, but some of you may not; I’ll get back to that.   It is interesting to think, but why do we need a Mother’s Day?  Shouldn’t everyday be mother’s day?   Perhaps it is because our mothers’ do not always get the credit that they truly deserve.  Did you know that if a stay at home mom were paid for her 94 hour work week, she would make $113,568 a year?  Working moms don’t have it any easier.  They spend more time multi-tasking than dads, working a 48 hour work week as opposed to a 39 hour work we…

Finding Your Jewish Sweet Spot at the Levis JCC 2015-2016 Annual Meeting Dvar Torah by Rabbi David Baum

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Finding Your Jewish Sweet Spot at the Levis JCC 2015-2016 Annual Meeting Dvar Torah by Rabbi David Baum


What is a Jewish sweet spot?I did a little research into this phrase, and here’s what I found:It’s getting to a place where your personal passions, Jewish passions, family and community, work and career, talents all come together in one central place.Shouldn’t be too hard to find right?
Another question I had is, what is the Torah’s sweet spot; the spot where everything converges, the very center of everything – maybe, if we can find it, it can help us find our own sweet spot.It just so happens that we find it last week’s parashah, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim.It’s in this parashah that we read a very famous:V’ahavta Le’re’echa KaMocha – You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Rabbi Akiva, one of the most famous rabbis in history, famously stated that this line is Klal Gadol BaTorah – the major principle in the Torah, and according to the rabbis, it is literally the center of the Torah – t…