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Wise Guy

Who needs a rabbi? We all do.

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Published: July 19, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) ruth housman, July 24, 2008 5:15 PM

finding one's way to wisdom

I understand that some rabbis are very wise, and others, not so wise, and some, not wise at all. Like most people. I have pesonally found that I have yet to be heard, truly heard, at the deepest levels, by any rabbi. I have found an abundance of the need to tell and not the listening.

Any rabbi who truly listens, and then speaks from the heart, as if he or she has understood me, then there is dialogue. So far I fear I have encountered much arrogance and the need to hear their own voice. In terms of the ethics of life, and life presents ethical dilemmas on a constant basis, I have learned to listen to the voice within and I have also learned to study on my own and to spend time in nature, the greatest teacher of all.

I look at language and there is one word in English that contains rabbi and that is the word "rabbit". I can say that rabbits are known for the sensitive ears and their very sensitive skin, because this is why there is so much unconscionable testing of cosmetics on rabbits. I am saying that rabbis need to learn something and that is, LISTEN and RESPECT, because knowing one doesn't have all the answers opens up the entire world.

(13) Chaya, July 24, 2008 4:51 AM

Once again you said the right thing at the right time. We made a big decision tonight and then I watched this video and it validated our decision based. We were fighting what our Rabbi was saying but he was right.

(12) Michele, July 23, 2008 7:39 AM

Our Rabbi's personal mitzvah this week ...

Thank you once again Rebbetzin for your insightful comments. Just this week, our congregational Rabbi left for Israel on a vacation as he does 3 or 4 times per year. Before he leaves for his trip, he offers the congregation a chance to give him private notes to be placed in the Kotel or dollars (in any amount) to be given to Israelis in financial need. For the first time, I watched my 18-year old daughter get excited at the thought of giving our Rabbi a note -- in essence -- for Hashem to read. You see, my daughter is getting ready to move to college and even though the college is here in town, it is not a Kosher college and she plans on continuing her "kosher-ness" while studying there. She told me that she needs Hashem to give her the strength and wisdom to carry on these tasks in a world that may not be accommodating to her and our Jewish ways. My daughter felt comfortable and proud to give her small and very private handwritten note to our Rabbi to place in to one of the nooks and crevises of the Israeli Wall. When I watched your video this week, it so reminded me of how wonderful a "bridge" a dedicated Rabbi can be.

If you ever are in Baltimore, I would love to have a Kosher lunch with you! Thank you again for your special weekly message.

(11) Judy, July 22, 2008 6:19 PM

This was really beautiful. Thank you!

(10) Shmuel Shultz, July 22, 2008 5:43 PM

glad I found my Rabbi

At the beginning of the Year on my late sister's birthday I decided to become Religious. The Rabbi I happened to find has been a great help to me. I am glad I found the real religion because I have been attending a conservative synagogue but before that a Seventh-day Adventist Church. I was raised first in a secular /Reform household. I am happy I found the Rabbi and community I did. I was depressed and haven't been since.

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