November 24, 2016
Discover more Jewish values on raising kids who are responsible, grateful and menschy with money on Tues., Nov 29, when NY Times money columnist Ron Lieber speaks.
When this year’s Slichot speaker, Dr. Dan Gottleib of WHYY hosted his final weekly Voices in the Family last year, he focused the show on gratitude. As callers thanked Dr. Dan for giving them something– courage or patience or thanks… he responded (paraphrased) “I don’t give anyone anything that isn’t already there. It’s about seeing what’s already there.”
Seeing what’s already there– this is Judaism’s approach to Thanksgiving. One Hebrew term for gratitude is “hakarat hatov.” Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2014
Shabbat Sermon by Rabbi Kuhn, August 15, 2014
The late, great comedian George Carlin had a great bit about aging. He said when you’re young, you can’t wait to get older. You become 21. But then you turn 30. Sounds like bad milk. He turned, we had to throw him out. You become 21, you turn 30, then you’re pushing 40. Whoa!! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you reach 50, and your dreams are gone. But wait! You make it to 60. You didn’t think you would.
Then you build up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it’s a day by day thing. You HIT Wednesday.
You get into your 80’s, and every day is a complete cycle. You HIT lunch; you turn 4:30; you reach bedtime.
And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90’s you start going backwards. I was just 92!
And so it goes. In our society that idolizes youth, it may be difficult to deal with the fact that everyone ages, if you’re lucky that is.
And of course, Judaism has a lot to say about aging with dignity, and finding meaning and purpose in your life as you grow older.
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May 18, 2014
Ever seen a young boy stand up to lead, and then a second child stand with him, starting a small movement? At today’s service for this year’s last day of Berkman Mercaz Limud, when Rabbi Freedman was about to announce the year’s total in collected tzedakah (righteous giving), one boy stood up, held a dollar high in his hand, and brought it to the front of the sanctuary. A second child then stood with him and brought tzedakah to the front of the room. Child by child, then adults too, brought more money to add to the collection to go to people in need. Our year’s tzedakah total was increased by over $100 in just one morning, because one kid stood up, and then another.
“Teach them to your children,” Rabbi Kuhn reminded us this morning, the Torah teaches us to teach the words of Torah to the next generation. And yet, Rabbi Kuhn said, so often it’s the children who teach us! When was the last time a child taught something to you? Read the rest of this entry »