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May 22, 2019, 10:13 PM
When Shul is a Challenge: What Should the Uninspired Congregant Do?
Should a shul Rabbi ever tell a congregant not to come to shul? Over the past number of years, there has unfortunately been a growing trend in many shuls of “JFK Jews”, or “Just For Kiddush” Jews. JFK Jews come to shul to...
May 12, 2019, 10:32 PM
The Holiness of Mother’s Day
The celebration of Mother’s Day, of honoring the mother of the family, is a universal value which should be shared by Jews and non-Jews alike. And yet, the daily mitzvah of honoring our parents is a specifically Jewish mitzvah. There...
May 10, 2019, 12:05 AM
Fighting the Rise in Anti-Semitism: Using the AIPAC Model
With the recent shooting in the Chabad of Poway coming only a few months after the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, we find ourselves confronting the new reality that antisemitism is on the rise. According to the...
May 2, 2019, 5:59 PM
Yom Hashoah, Pittsburgh and Poway
I was asked to deliver a dvar torah at our annual Oceanside community Yom Hashoah event. The title of this particular Yom Hashoah event is “6,000,011… Never Again.” 6,000,011 recognizes the loss of the 6,000,000 who died during the...
Apr 25, 2019, 10:28 AM
Not in God’s Name: Terror in Sri Lanka
Many of us are still reeling from the horrific string of suicide bombings which were carried out by a domestic militant group at churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka that claimed the lives of at...
Apr 17, 2019, 9:40 PM
Teaching about Sacrifice to our Children at the Seder
As we sit down at the Seder this year, what message should we strive to impart to our children, grandchildren, family and friends? If there to be is a singular theme of the Seder in 2019, what should it be? ...
Apr 11, 2019, 1:00 PM
How To Properly Prepare For Pesach in 2019
I think we need to prepare more for Pesach. I know that your knee-jerk reaction to my suggestion is that I am crazy. But I do think we need to prepare more for Pesach, or at the very least,...
Apr 4, 2019, 7:38 AM
Collecting charity for someone who committed a crime
An individual who was in our community for a number of years was unfortunately arrested and sent to New York States’ Greene Correctional Facility for a period of time. He will soon be released in May and because he...
Mar 29, 2019, 5:45 AM
AIPAC: The power and discomfort of unity
Unity is such a powerful force. While often tricky to achieve, when it does occur, great things can follow. I witnessed unity firsthand at this year’s AIPAC policy conference. Democrats and Republicans, Jews of all religious streams and many non-Jews...
Mar 17, 2019, 7:49 AM
Purim: The Holiday When God Hid Himself or the Holiday When We Hid God?
Most children attending a yeshiva day school know that one unique feature of Megillat Esther is that the name of God is missing. They can recite the question that has been posed to them year after year – Why...
Jonathan Muskat is the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Oceanside.