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MitzvahTube: Urges, Oprah, and the First Murder

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MitzvahTube: Wired on Sukkot

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Special bonus story: Erev Yom Kippur in Whole Foods

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Extra Yom Kippur Story: Overheard in Whole Foods, a few hours before Kol Nidre-

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Decisions and Destiny: Yom Kippur 5779/2018

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Decisions and Destiny
Yom Kippur 2018/5779
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“On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on the Day of the Fast of Yom Kippur it is sealed,” U’v’Rosh Hashanah yikateivun,u’v’Yom Tzom Kippur yichateimun.how many will pass on, and how many will be born; who will live and who will die; who will live a long life and who will come to an untimely end… but t’shuva, repentance, t’fillah, prayer, and tz’dakah, charity, have the power to transform the harshness of our destiny.
Since we say it every year, there’s a chance that we’ll end up thinking it’s true- or that we’re supposed to believe it.But this is a t’filah, a prayer- and prayer language is poetic- different from prose- it isn’t meant to be literal.A prayer that we might live in a world where goodness is rewarded, evil punished.Because now, that’s not the way the world works.All it takes is a dose of the harshness that visits every life to know that life is not so simple, for that matter, death is not so simple.Prosperity a…

Call And Response: Kol Nidre 2018

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Call and Response Kol Nidre 2018
Rabbi Dan Selsberg
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There’s a new movie out called Operation Finale, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, about the Israeli capture of Adolf Eichmann.It’s not really a Holocaust movie, it’s really a heist movie, about the Mossad’s daring foray into Buenos Aires and the effort to get the Nazi fugitive out of Argentina.It’s a pretty good movie- based on the fact that I was the only person in the theater when I saw it, I’m guessing it won’t be long before you can stream it- in part because it doesn’t try to do too much. Itfocuses narrowly on the find, then capture-and-return part of the operation to bring the architect of the Final Solution to justice.It’s well done, but what it brought to mind for me is the aftermath of Eichmann’s capture.
For those who don’t remember: most of the top echelon of the Nazi hierarchy killed themselves in the waning days of the war.While a number of German officials were tried for war cries at Nuremberg…