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Destroying the Idols of The 2016 Election©

Destroying the Idols of The 2016 Election© Post-Election 2016/577 Rabbi David Baum

It’s the end of the campaign, the election is over.  Roughly 50% of the country is upset, and roughly 50% of the country is exuberant.  As far as Jews, the numbers are not so even: in our state of Florida, according to a recent study, 68% of Jews voted for Hillary and 28% for Trump.  Nevertheless, as a rabbi, I have mainly stayed out of the presidential elections, and if you think I haven’t, you should hear from some of my colleagues who did talk about the election…a lot.  I’ve talked about broad issues – I’ve talked about themes, but I’ve been careful not to upset anyone or make them feel excluded.  But the election is over, and it’s time to time deal with the aftermath, and maybe it’s time to stop walking on egg shells, but it’s really not my personality.  Seriously, it’s not part of my personality, and I took the Meyers Briggs personality test which proved it.  In my personality test, it says that I…

A Service of Healing and Unity (post U.S. Elections 2016) - Rabbi David Baum

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Unity and Healing Service November 9, 2016 - Congregation Shaarei Kodesh Part 1:
Listen and Hear

We are WITNESSES (עד) for each other...

Write down a word or sentence that you want someone to HEAR
Write down a word or sentence that you feel you need to LISTEN

Put them in your pockets...
Chant Together:Shema

Part 2:
Heal


(courtesy of Karov Adonai L'Chol Korav - Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman)



Let America Be America Again Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967
Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. (It never was America to me.) O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (There’s never been equality …

The Building Deluge of Climate Change© Parashat Noah

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The Building Deluge of Climate Change© Parashat Noah
I don’t know why, but we are obsessed with the idea of the world ending.In the movies, they end in various ways – in some, by alien invasion, in some, it’s disease, worldwide pandemic, in some – earthquakes, super tornados, and of course, floods, in some asteroids have crashed to earth, and of course, who doesn’t love a Zombie apocalypse.

Our parashah this week deals with the worst-case scenario the – the end of the world, and most human life.The flood story is perhaps one of the most well-known and popular narratives in the entire Torah, the scenario that started them all – the great flood.
We have become obsessed with catastrophe.Who didn’t worry about the Ebola virus in the United States two years ago, even though, as a news article stated, More Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died of Ebola.Don’t get me wrong, Ebola is a serious illness that has killed thousands in Africa, but is it the end of the world a…