June 2015

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
Hukkat, the Brass Serpent, and Health Care – 2015 (revised dramatically from 2012). We have been hearing for months now that by the end of this month the Supreme Court will determine the fate – again – of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known for better or worse as Obamacare. Earlier this weeks, the Supreme Court made it decision and Obamacare will stand. Thus, whether or not one is “for” or “against” Obamacare has to a certain extent become irrelevant. Moreover, it is undeniable that caring for the health of those in our community is something of importance to each of us, not only as Americans, but as Jews.
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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
Hatred, Violence, and the Quest for Power. Shabbat Shalom. Yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Shabbat of peace. Our world, our country is in desparate need for peace. Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; Garland, Texas; McKinney, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina. Each place name now evokes images of violence and mayhem, directed at human beings and property. The rationale in each case? Those engaging in wanton destruction and violence often claim it’s a quest for justice.
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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Mina
Standing for What You Believe: Shabbat Shalom. I have a confession to make. I rarely watched Seinfeld when it was on in the 1990s. It was probably a good five or six years AFTER the series ended that I began watching it on late night re-runs. Over time I have come to appreciate its humor, though some of it still is not my cup of tea. Nevertheless I was surprised, along with much of America, when I heard what Jerry Seinfeld said this past week about the state of comedy in the United States. He was quoted saying in an interview on The Herd with Colin Cowherd: “I hear that all the time…I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” Seinfeld says teens and college-aged kids don’t understand what it means to throw around certain politically-correct terms. “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice,’” he said. “They don’t know what the [heck] hell they’re talking about.”
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