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Picking Others Up© - Rosh Hashanah 5777/2016

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Picking Others Up© Rosh Hashanah 5777/2016 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh


Who in here has ever seen a Sefer Torah fall to the floor?Raise your hand if you have.Those of us who have are part of special little club.It’s really a rare phenomena, but it is a sight that strikes fear in both religious and secular Jews.Even the risk of it falling gets our hearts beating faster and faster.
The one and only time I saw a sefer torah fall was when I was an 18-year-old counselor at Camp Ramah Darom.It was a normal Monday when we read Torah.Both campers and counselors alike were singing loudly with smiles as we were escorting the holy scrolls back to the ark.A fellow counselor, a young woman around my age, was in charge of securing the Torah in the ark.She tied the sefer Torah in its place, and closed the ark door, and then, you can guess what happened - the Torah fell out of the ark and hit the floor with a loud thump.
There was a silence that came that was just as loud as the singing w…

Hearing and Seeing the Isaacs and the Ishmaels In Our Lives© Rosh Hashanah Day 2

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Hearing and Seeing the Isaacs and the Ishmaels In Our Lives© Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
I have two stories that I want to share with you today – both are going to sound unbelievable, I know, but trust me, they are real, they happened.
The first story many people in this room can attest to:
It was 3:45 pm on Sunday, September 18, I was already out the door on the way to Logger's Run park for our annual membership barbecue, and my pocket started buzzing.
Carol:“Rabbi it's Carol – not an emergency, but I just wanted your input on something.So...as you know, we booked the Logger's Run park for our annual barbecue...but there was a clerical error and a local Islamic Center, who were given a park in Logger's Run in Jupiter accidentally received our park.Their barbecue is supposed to end at 4 pm, when ours begins.The county said we can have another park, but it would create confusion – we could also force them to leave...rabbi, what should we do? Me:“Ummm...” Caro…