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Take the Long Waze© Rosh Hashanah (Day 2) 5778/2017

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Take the Long Waze©  Rosh Hashanah (Day 2) 5778/2017 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
For those who left South Florida before Hurricane Irma, who used the app Waze?  Waze is an amazing traffic app that was created by an Israeli company and bought by Google for around 1.3 billion dollars – Waze changes in real time – it will give you the absolute fastest way to your destination, and they added a gas feature so you can see in real time which stations have fuel before and after a hurricane.

Well, today, I want to tell you about a new traffic app that I developed – it’s called Long Waze.  Rather than giving you the shortest way to the destination, it's only going to give you the longest possible way to a destination.

I imagine that I will not receive a billion dollars from Google, so don’t worry, I’ll likely be here for the foreseeable future.  This app won’t be for directions on a street map though; it will be for the paths that we take our lives.

The Talmud (Eruvin 53b…

Three Lessons from Hurricane Irma© - Rosh Hashanah 5778/2017

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Three Lessons from Hurricane Irma©
Rosh Hashanah (First Day) - 5778/2017
Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Have you ever heard the term Hurricane babies?  Hurricane babies are generally born 9 months after a major hurricane.  A couple is hunkered down in their home, the power is out, the candles are burning, and well, you get the picture.  I wanted to share something you may not know about me:  I'm a hurricane baby.

On August 25th 1979, the same day I entered the world, the US National Hurricane Center reported that a tropical depression had developed and the storm was given the name, David.  So I'm a hurricane baby, but not in the traditional sense – both Hurricane David and I were born on the same day. 1

My parents often tell me the story of Hurricane David– my parents and grandparents had moved to Florida just five years before from New York, and they knew little about hurricanes.  Hurricane David was a category 5 storm before it hit the Dominican Republic, close…