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RECONCILIATION

Rosh Hashanah 2010 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   Every once in a while, the New York Times features what I like to describe as a reconciliation article. Sometimes they appear as an Op Ed on father’s day or mother’s day. Other times they are placed on the last page of the magazine section. The stories generally follow a predictable pattern and …

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SELF-CONTROL

Yom Kippur 2013 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   In 1896, my grandfather on my mother’s side emigrated to America from Vilna in Lithuania.  He was 14-years old.  Seven years later he graduated from the University of Chicago and earned what was then called a Bachelor of Philanthropy degree.  This launched him into the field of charity work.  At the time, the …

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ANTHONY WEINER AND THE CHALLENGE OF CONFESSION

Yom Kippur 2011 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   First came the damage-control counter attack when a particular congressman from Queens found it necessary to make the rounds on seven cable news shows. Then came the deflection and attempt to blame the messenger. “My system was hacked.  Pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted.” Then came the non-admission: …

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FACING THE BAD THINGS OF NATURE AND HUMAN HANDS

Rosh Hashanah 2011 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   For me the carefree days of my youth during the summer time were spent either in the Adirondacks or on Cape Cod.  We hiked the trails in the mountains, swam in a chilly lake, had cookouts and campouts, and went to the same ice cream parlor every visit.  Or we played in the …

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REPUTATION BANKRUPTCY

Yom Kippur 2010 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   In thinking about my remarks for this morning, I discovered a typically zany performance by Jerry Lewis of a song written in 1950 by Leon Pober.  The song is called “I’m a Little Busybody” and it takes off at a frenetic pace.  I will slow it down for you. I’m a little busybody …

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HONEST TALK

Yom Kippur 2012 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   When I was a teenager I was fortunate to go to Europe with my parents and my cousins. One day I took a walk by myself in Paris. I had a pretty good sense of direction and enough confidence not to get lost, but just in case, I stopped at a small kiosk …

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RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Rosh Hashanah 2013 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   As I have done regularly to open our High Holidays services, I’d like to share a brief message that is intended to set a mood and a context for our celebration and observance. A year ago last summer, I went on the first of several family history expeditions with my son, Oren, who …

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THE TIME IS NOW

Rosh Hashanah 2014 Rabbi Peter H. Schweitzer   This past May I made a call to a well-known chain store that specializes in houseware and furniture. I had read about a particular product on-line but I wanted some more information. I’m guessing that many of the people in this room probably first read about us on-line too. And you found …

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REGRETS

Yom Kippur 2014 Rabbi Peter H. Schweitzer   A few years ago, science and health writer, Jeneen Interlandi, wrote a compelling cover article for the New York Times Sunday Magazine that was titled, “When My Crazy Father Actually Lost His Mind.” The story candidly discussed her father’s bipolar illness and the difficulties – even impossibilities – of navigating the mental …

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HUBBLE AT 25

Rosh Hashanah 2015 Rabbi Peter Schweitzer   For many years I had a favorite sign that I saw posted on a Catholic church in Cincinnati. It read, “Noon mass, 12:10pm.” I figured they were running on Jewish-delayed time. But now I have a new favorite sign. If you’ve driven down the West Side Highway you’ve probably seen it too. It …

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