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Yom Shlishi, 7 Heshvan 5779


Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder Meal?

on Saturday, 16 March 2013. Posted in Rabbi

Or: Why Are Our Christian Neighbors Buying All of the Matzah?

Research confirms it. The most widely observed ritual in the Jewish world is the Passover Seder. More Jews worldwide participate in a Passover Seder than any other Jewish ritual. And why not? It includes three elements vital to the success of any dinner gathering: great food and lots of it, required consumption of numerous glasses of wine (while showing deferential respect to those around the table in recovery), and an ancient story that remains relevant as well as stimulates discussion and debate. The Passover Seder is the first, and continues to be, the most effective family education program and dinner party game plan ever conceived. It was only a matter of time before the Passover Seder began to attract serious attention from folks beyond the Jewish community.

The Legacy of a Soul on Fire

on Thursday, 11 October 2012. Posted in Rabbi

The first book I ever purchased with my own money was The Life & Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. published by Scholastic Book Services. I was a student in the sixth grade. The book cost me all of $.60 plus shipping and handling. I can't remember what inspired me to make this significant purchase, but I recall being asked at the Youth Group Retreat during my freshman year of high school to identify the individual who inspired me the most and my reply was Martin Luther King, Jr. More than Moses at Mount Sinai or Abraham at Sodom and Gomorrah, Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial was the first human being to stir my soul and spark my imagination.