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It’s not too late to get ready.
September 24, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
On Thursday morning, together with close to 900 others Rabbis from across denominations, I participated in a pre-Rosh Hashana conference call with the President. As the operator of the call made introductory remarks, I was reminded of a great insight my colleague and good friend, Rabbi Gibber shared with me following last year’s call of […]
If we want to have credibility when we criticize, we must be willing to praise, when warranted.
September 16, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
A very noteworthy incident took place last weekend, though it was significantly overshadowed by the 10th anniversary of 9/11. An angry mob attacked the Israeli embassy in Cairo, breached the security wall, and advanced on six Israeli diplomats with one goal in mind. The Israelis barricaded themselves in a room with only one locked door […]
What do you do?
September 9, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
A few summers ago, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding in which the only people I knew were the family of the bride. At the meal, I found myself sitting at a table of people I had never met. In an attempt to be friendly to the man seated next to me, I […]
Learning is a Lifelong Endeavor and its Mission is Never Complete
September 6, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
Parents have let out a collective sigh of relief. The new academic year has started and, thank God, the kids are back in school. It is amazing that, at the end of the school year, parents are so grateful to have a reprieve from supervising homework, making lunches and driving carpools. By the end of […]
We should be focused on lifting ourselves up instead of knocking ourselves down.
September 29, 2011 by urjnetworkadmin • Rabbi
This week, I received an email from one of the many Jewish organizations who have me on their list. The subject line was the usual Rosh Hashana salutation and well wishes. Indeed, the email began in the familiar fashion – “as the year comes to a close, it is natural for each of us to […]