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Yom Rivii, 4 Kislev 5778

The Beaumont Rabbi's Blog

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The Sweat & Grime of Prayer

on Wednesday, 24 October 2012.

“Rabbi, would you please lead us in a prayer?"

If I had a nickel for every time I am asked that question, I could seriously consider early retirement. However, if I had a nickel for every time I became choked up while leading that prayer, I might be able to buy a cup of coffee.

I participated in the "Big Dig" at the giving field on October 13th. After Shabbat morning worship & Torah study I spent the rest of a beautiful Sabbath day laboring to build one of the most important and long overdue projects in Beaumont. It was backbreaking work… And I rarely felt closer to God than I did at the end of that day.

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.

 

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