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Even Higher - A Tribute to Stan Lee©

Even Higher - A Tribute to Stan Lee© - Parashat Vayetze 2018 Rabbi David Baum
This week, the Jewish world lost one of it’s greatest heroes, his name was Stan Lieber.You may have never heard of this name, so I’ll give you his superhero name, Stan Lee.If you’re still confused than obviously, you aren’t a nerd like me.Stan Lee was the creator of many of the comic book heroes you have probably seen in the movies:Spider-Man and Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and my personal favorite, Ant-Man.

As Leil Leibovitz wrote last week: “So entrenched is Lee’s legacy that he was credited, when receiving the National Medal of the Arts from President George W. Bush in 2008, for creating nothing short of a new American mythology, a universe rich not only with thrilling characters but also with timeless moral lessons. “His complex plots and humane superheroes,” read the medal’s citation, “celebrate courage, honesty, and the importance of helping the …

Alternate Realities and The Real After Pittsburgh©

Alternate Realities and The Real After Pittsburgh© Rabbi David Baum Parsahat Hayyei Sarah – November 3, 2018
Who in here has felt, after the events of the last week, that we are living in an 'alternate reality'?  Alternate realities are all the rage now in pop culture.

There is a very popular show on Amazon streaming right now – it's called the Man In the High Castle.  The show, in its third season, is based on reality, an alternate reality.  In this reality, the allies during World War II were not successful; in this reality, the U.S. is the American Reich; the Nazi ideology spreads to America.  The government isn't German, it's American, they speak English with no accents – the Nazis didn't need to send an invasion force – they had people waiting to embrace their worldview.  As you can imagine, the Jews do not fare well.  Philip Roth, the great Jewish-American novelist, also wrote a book about an alternate reality called the Plot Against America.  In this al…