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This page offers a monthly quote that I hope you will find inspiring or meaningful, thought provoking or on occasion controversial.

Adar 5777
Even if you can't sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home. But sing.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Shevat 5777
One day a rabbi came to Sodom; he knew what Sodom was, so he came to save it from sin, and from destruction. He preached to the people. "Please do not be murderers; do not be thieves. Do not be silent and do not be indifferent." He went on preaching day after day, maybe even picketing. But no one listened. He was not discouraged. He went on preaching for years. Finally someone asked him, "Rabbi, why do you do that? Don't you see it is no use?" He said, "I know it is of no use, but I must. And I will tell you why. In the beginning I thought I had to protest and to shout in order to change them. I have given up this hope. Now I know I must picket and scream and shout so that they should not change me."

Tevet 5777
We need to be unforgivingly clear. The obligation to act against evil in Aleppo was no different from the obligation to act against the evil in Sarajevo and Srebrenica. (Has anyone ever heard Obama mention Bosnia?) It was no different from the obligation to act against the evil in Rwanda. It was no different from the obligation to act against the evil in Auschwitz. And we scorned the obligation. We learned nothing. We forgot everything. We failed. We did not even try.
Leon Wieseltier, "Aleppo's Fall is Obama's Failure"

Kislev 5777
Nothing succeeds like Torahl It is the only merchandise we have, and to sell it does not require much charisma, salesmanship or brilliance. It does require consistency, diligence and a combination of modesty and guts.
Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf

Heshvan 5777
Everything the Power of the World does
is done in a circle.  The sky is round,
and I have heard that the earth is round
like a ball, and so are all the stars.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.

Birds make their nests in circles,
for theirs is the same religion as ours.

The sun comes forth and goes down again
in a circle.  The moon des the same,
and both are round. Even the seasons
form a great circle in their changing,
and always come back again to where they were.

The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood,
and so it is in everything were power moves.
Black Elk

Tishrei 5777
The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.

While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.
Mary Oliver

Elul 5776
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are catalytic spiritual forces bringing us into deep moral dialogue with the world. We live in the intense polar rhythm of family intimacy and universal solidarity. Those in the Jewish world who seek to bring us back to a mentality of Jewish isolation and suffering have not learned the message of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Those who abandon the depth of commitment to the family and to Jewish historical intimacy in the name of universalism have not learned the lesson of the total Jewish festival year. To live as a full Jew is to live in both rhythms, in the framework of Jewish history and in the framework of Creation.
Rabbi David Hartman