Rabbi’s Blog

Believers and Black Swan Scotoma

This is the third blog-essay I have been moved to write by the simple sentiment expressed by American President Abraham Lincoln: "We dare not promise what we ought not, lest we be called upon to deliver that which we cannot." - Abraham Lincoln     Since at one time...

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Earlier edit of Korach blog mistakenly sent out

To all who read my Blog: an earlier version of my blog on Korach went out before the edits were finished. My mistake. Please disregard and delete it and refer to the actual finished version on the site's "Rabbi's Blog" page under the header of that title. Thank you. -...

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THE WISE AND THE HONEST – AND THEIR OPPOSITES

"A problem cannot be solved by the same level of acumen that created it." - Albert Einstein "The best argument against democracy is five minutes in the company of the average voter." - Winston Churchill "Saying everyone is special is the same thing as saying no one...

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Happy Shavuot 5769-2009

Dear Beth El, Shalom. At sundown tonight, Erev Shavuot begins! Holiday of the first fruits: an always-relevant lesson. Bring to G-d what you have, regardless of its size or stage of development. L-rd, we all bring to you RIGHT NOW what we are and what we have. Help us...

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Blessing of The Sun (Birkat HaChammah)

Hag Sameakh - Happy Pesach/Passover to all. Below is a reprint of an email I sent our Member's Listserve a short while ago about the once-every-28-years observance of Birkat HaChammah having occurred  today in several sectors of  the Jewish world. For any who might be...

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Purim 2009 Rock ‘n Roll Service Lyrics

   Below are the lyrics I re-wrote for the rock 'n roll classic songs we performed in our 2009 Purim Service at Beth El of Manhattan. All the lyrics re-writes are copyrighted [©2009 Bruce L. Cohen], and may only be used for performance with written permission and...

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BUT FOR THE GRACE OF G-D

"I've never decided a man's worth by the size of his wallet." - Oliver Stone's Wall Street. "My ambition is to be an idealist without illusions." - President John F. Kennedy.    Harry Truman once said he wished he could find a one-armed economist, because his advisors...

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Promises, Promises

"We dare not promise what we ought not, lest we be called upon to deliver that which we cannot." - Abraham Lincoln           Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, and thus seems a good time to offer up my favorite quote from him.    Healthy faith does not make promises...

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Darwin: Toward A Literate Literality

   Today is Charles Darwin's 200th birthday. A good time to set the record straight.    There is nothing about what Darwin said or wrote that directly contradicts the accounts of creation in the Two Testaments of Hebrew Scripture. Darwin only contradicts one very...

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