Month: September 2018

Is genealogical research a waste of time?

Dear Rabbi & Mrs. Lapin, Please let me first tell you that I have learned much from your writings. I appreciate your knowledge, willingness, and even courage to boldly share truth with those who have ears to hear. My question:  Is it wise and worthwhile to spend time and money investigating one’s genealogy?  What do...

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Take Two: Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent

When I wrote about Cyrus, the Unsinkable Sea Serpent by Bill Peet, I thought that I had pretty much covered what I wanted to say. Then, one of my daughters made a point that I thought was worth sharing. Shortly after that, I read the synopsis of the book on Amazon and realized that I...

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Generational Joy

Simcha is usually translated from Hebrew as happiness. I prefer to think of it as joy. I don’t know if an English scholar would agree, but in my mind, happiness is fleeting while joy, even when other events or the passage of time overtakes it, leaves a lasting impression. Eating ice cream makes me happy,...

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Is Evangelical Support Good for the Jews?

The following appeared in Jewish in Seattle magazine, the August/September 2018, edition. The question posed to Rabbi Daniel Lapin was, “Is Evangelical support good for the Jews?” Forgive me for conforming to the rabbinic stereotype of answering a question with a question but when you ask “…good for the Jews?”  which Jews do you mean?  …

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I can’t seem to break away from bad ways.

Dear Rabbi and Susan, Please, what can someone do to break away stubborn yokes of many years, that has defied fasting and prayers? Kamaldeen R. Dear Kamaldeen, First of all, accept our admiration for being the rare person who evaluates himself morally and works upon himself for improvement in the eyes of our Heavenly judge. ...

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Instant Happiness?

Susan and I shared in the immense joy of dear friends while attending the wedding of their daughter on Labor Day.  Since Rosh HaShana starts this coming Sunday night, we heard many greetings of, “Shana Tova,” (have a good year) and, “Have a happy new year.” The sentiment is lovely. The words are not quite...

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