I Wish I Didn't Know Now What I Didn't Know Then

Watch a video of the sermon. “I am a different Jew today than I was yesterday. Anti-Semitism was something that happened in history, that happened in other places,” she said, her voice breaking. “Tree of Life used to be a synagogue that my grandparents went to, that my Mom grew up in, that we would go to on high holidays. And today I feel like it’s something different.” Reminds me of a haunting line from the song “Against the Wind.” It’s about growing up and the loss of innocence. The line that sticks with me is this: “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.” The story of Job, the righteous Jew, comes to a close in today’s reading. Job may have wished he could have gone back to sim

Talk to the Animals

Funny how songs from our past come back to us. Like this song from the musical Doctor Doolittle. Here’s the song: If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah What a neat achievement that would be. If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages Maybe take an animal degree. We'd study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle, Alligator, guinea pig, and flea. Speaking of talking to animals, do you notice how many of us talk to our pets in baby talk? There is even an official term for it: PDS, Pet Directed Speech. You are so cute. You are my baby. Come to daddy, come to daddy. Some say we o

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