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The Voice of the Voiceless© - Rosh Hashanah Day 2 2779/2018

The Voice of the Voiceless©Rosh Hashanah Day 2 2779/2018 - Rabbi David BaumCongregation Shaarei KodeshCLICK HERE FOR AN AUDIO RECORDING
Have you ever thought about the sounds we don’t hear anymore?  I was thinking writing a Kaddish for sounds that we do not hear anymore.  I want you to think about sounds we don’t hear anymore

Where do sounds go when they die?

The sound of a rotary telephone…

Sounds like the ding of a typewriter when it gets to the end of the line or how it sounds when it hits the paper…

The sound of the AOL dial up…

Anymore?  Yell one out!

There are some sounds that just do not stand the test of time.  But today, we all heard that there are some sounds that we will never say Kaddish for – like the sound of the shofar.

Rosh Hashanah has many titles – Yom Harat HaOlam, the day the world was created, Yom HaDin – the day of judgement, but in the Torah, it is best known as Yom Teruah.  The mitzvah of today isn't blowing the shofar, it is to hear it, to hear the voices …

Living Your Option B© Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - 5779/2018

Living Your Option B© Rosh Hashanah Day 1 – 5779/2018 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
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I have been to many shiva homes in my nine years as Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh.  The Rabbis tell us that Shiva homes are supposed to be quiet, but I suppose our rabbis of blessed memory never imagined the shiva homes of Boca Raton.  The shiva homes I typically visit are buzzing with conversation, people surrounding the mourners, comforting them, asking them stories, and reflecting on long and fruitful lives lived, complaining about how salty the pastrami is.

But in February, I visited a shiva home of one of the victims of the school shooting in Parkland.  There were pictures up all over the house of the young woman, just 14 years old, whose life was taken.  I saw a picture of her when she was just 3 years old in her soccer uniform.  There is an old saying about parenthood – the days are long, but the years are short.  One day you are …