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How to Make Reason, Meaning and Purpose Out of Everything© - Yom Kippur 5778/2017

How to Make Reason, Meaning and Purpose Out of Everything© Yom Kippur 5778/2017 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh Have you ever asked yourself, what's the purpose of my life? 

There's a famous story of Adam HaRishon, the very first human, who wondered this same thing.  It actually came out of a little know creation story. 
The first animal that God created was the dog and said to the dog:  'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'  The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'
So God agreed.
Then God created the monkey and said: 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'  The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog…

The Antidote to the Epidemic of Loneliness: Chaverut - Partnership© - Kol Nidre 5778/2017

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The Antidote to the Epidemic of Loneliness:  Chaverut - Partnership©
Kol Nidre 5778/2017
Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh


Studies have recently found that social media is actually addictive, but I once heard a story about a man who tried to break his addiction.  He decided to stop using social media and instead was determined to make friends without the benefit of Facebook but still using its methods. So he left home to take a walk and as he met people he told them what he had eaten, how he felt, what he did last night, and what he will do tomorrow. Then he gave them pictures of his family, his dog, and his garden. He also listened secretly listened to their conversations, jumped up from behind them, and told them he loves them. It worked! Soon he got new followers — two police officers and a psychiatrist!

Facebook, one of the most popular of social media platforms, is amazing. It has more than one and a half billion users, allows people to share details of their lives, an…