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An Ear For Outrage©

An Ear For Outrage© Mishpatim 2019/5779 Rabbi David Baum - Internet Outrage Exercises Stay in shape with online hate by Brian McFadden
I had an interesting experience with my father recently.  We had all of his grandkids over for a dinner, grandkids who range from 3 - 9, which I would say are very loud ages.  My father never had a problem with them…that is until he got new hearing aids.  Now he can hear everything, which in these situations, is a problem.  So his solution to our loud children?  He took his hearing aids out.

Why do I bring this up?  Because I feel like in this day and age, when the world and information are at our finger tips, when news events and personalities are loud and fast, that we do the same thing - we take out our hearing aids, stop listening, and act immediately.

This may sound the definition of what it means to be a Jew – after all, we famously received the Torah without hearing any of it – Na'aseh v'Nishmah, a line we actually read in …

Broken and Whole

It has been a tragic week for our community as we mourned the loss of Josef Pessah, alav hashalom, or as we knew him, Yossi, who passed away at the young age of twenty after a nine month battle with cancer. The Pessah family, and the entire community, both our congregations and others in Boca Raton, family here and in Israel, young friends and a college campus are heartbroken. After his passing, the family asked if we could ask our congregation to perform a very important mitzvah, from the time of death to the time of burial. I wanted to share the story of a sacred act that our congregation took part in last week after Yossi passed: shimrah. As I explained in a letter to our community, "One of the most important mitzvoth/commandments in the Jewish tradition is K'vod HaMet - showing respect for the dead. In his article, The Centrality of Kavod HaMet(Honoring the Dead), Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman writes: "Unlike us, the rabbis did not begin with the idea of a self who disappea…

Jewish #Disruption©

Jewish #Disruption©
Parashat Terumah 5779 - February 9, 2019

Facebook has a motto that they were famous for, and now are infamous: 'Move fast and break things' – it speaks to their company, the tech industry in general who values the concept of disruption. Disruption might seem like a negative term, but recently, it has become the ideal for any company. Move fast and break things. Disruption is the new model. Disruption leads to innovation, to startups and new technologies. But it also leads to people and companies being left behind – people losing their purpose. The new overtakes the old, and the old slink away. I wanted to read you something that challenges the concept of disruption:
“At a certain point — somewhere on the way from sounding smart and buzzy to becoming an over-worn cliché — a word loses its power. Disrupt is a good word we have mistreated terribly to the point it has become powerless. We’ve forgotten what it means, even as several smart people have written columns…