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The Minority Report: How the Minority Can Save the Majority©

The Minority Report: How the Minority Can Save the Majority© Parashat Shelach Lecha – 2018/5778 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

Do you know why we pray in a minyan? Many think it is because of the story of Abraham and Sodom and Gemorah…(Genesis Chapter 18) And God answered, “I will not destroy, for the sake of the twenty.” 32 And he (Abraham) said, “Let not my Lord be angry if I speak but this last time: What if ten should be found there?” And God answered, “I will not destroy, for the sake of the ten.” And honestly, I wish it was… But it isn’t, it is actually in this week’s parashah, Shelach Lecha, during a dark time for our people – the incident of the spies – ten men who led our people astray. But the actual number of spies wasn’t ten, it was twelve. Ten led the people astray…and there were two who spoke against the majority. In this case, the minority, the two out of twelve, saved us. As citizens of a democracy, both here and in Israel, we seem to have a mentality of majori…

From Unity to OpportUNITY

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,

It is hard to imagine, but it is now the end of my ninth year serving as Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh.  I recently realized that I never wrote a letter of reflection to our congregation following the approval of my latest contract when I was elected to serve Congregation Shaarei Kodesh for the next five years. 

First, let me say how honored I am to be rabbi of this very special community in one of the most inspiring and unique places to be Jewish outside of the state of Israel.  Even though we are in the same location, we are in a much different place than nine years ago, and I feel I have evolved as a rabbi as well.  As I think back to nine years ago, during the height of the Great Recession, I realize how far we have come as a South Palm Beach County Jewish community.  It was a time of great turmoil for all of the Jewish organizations in our city.  Many were facing sharp declines in revenue, and many synagogues were losing families.  I came into a frac…