Must We Care for the Refugees?

By Rabbi Michael Berk Several months ago a student asked me about the Jewish attitude towards refugees. With the Executive Order last Friday, that question is now an urgent one. We can look to a brief passage in our Scriptures to find an answer. The central story of the Israelites

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Incredible Israel

Rabbi Berk’s sermon given on Friday, December 18, 2015. On Sunday our 11th graders leave on Beth Israel’s Shearn and Linda Platt Teen Trip to Israel. I can’t tell you how proud I am of Beth Israel for developing this program; how grateful I am to Shearn and Linda Platt,

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Rabbi Berk’s Thanksgiving Sermon

To Have a Grateful Disposition I happen to be a fan of David Brooks, the New York Times philosopher in residence. An article that caught my eye a few months ago was on gratitude. You have to love a story that begins the way he began that article: “I’m sometimes

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