Showing posts from January 25, 2018

The Plague of Darkness and Addiction© – Parashat Bo

The Plague of Darkness and Addiction© – Parashat Bo Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh

Who in here is proud of the term the Chosen People – what does it mean to you?

There's an old joke in Fiddler on the Roof, as they are being kicked out of Anatekva, Tevya looks up and says to God, Tevye: “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can't You choose someone else?”

The Chosen People – double-edged sword – makes us feel special and important, but also, we are held to a higher standard.  

This week, our community heard from a mother and son, Lisa and Jacob Hillman, speak about their story of addiction.  I learned about Lisa through an article she read for the Jewish Forward where she spoke about her situation with her son Jacob who became an addict.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

“When that first phone call came early in Jacob’s senior year of high school, I thought for sure the teacher had the wrong kid. “Lisa,” this respected adviser said, “…