How Much Is Too Much?


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – “Our world must strike a balance, so we can maintain a proper existence. Think of the good and evil all around us and pray for moderation.” Some rain is good. Some rain is not. For months we suffered in Arizona under the blazing hot sun, without any rain. […]

God Directs Our Paths


By Paul Witkop – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.” —Proverbs 3:5-6 This verse is one of my favorites. At first glance, it seems like a logical formula for getting God to do what […]

What Brings Happiness?


By Paul Witkop – Actor Jim Carrey said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of, so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Jesus told us a rather sobering and direct story to help us with this question. He said, “There was a wealthy man whose business […]

The Beauty In A Smile


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – She sat there. He was sitting across, mindlessly watching the world go by. He glanced at her, a twinkle in her eye caught his. She smiled. He smiled…and a new relationship blossomed. Sounds like the beginning of a romance novel. Right? Maybe it’s the way human interactions begin. […]

Operation Soul Restoration


By Pastor Paul Witkop – The 23rd Psalm is, perhaps, the most well-known scripture passage. My second-grade teacher in a public school had us memorize it as classical poetry. I have been with people who have dementia. Their condition is so advanced that they do not know even their own adult kids — and yet, […]

Thoughts And Prayers – Fooey!


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – How often do we have to offer our “thoughts and prayers” (T&P) to those who are recipients of the traumas of the world? Doesn’t it become meaningless to constantly be repeating this phrase, when we too are traumatized, by events in our country and overseas? If all we […]

Easter and April Fools’ Day


By Paul Witkop – In 2018, Easter was on April Fools’ Day. The last time these two notable days fell on the same day was 1956. After 2018, the next time is 2029 and then again in 2040. After that, we have to wait until 2108. (Some Gregorian calendar trivia.) April Fools’ Day is an […]

Little Creatures Of God


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – Out of nowhere they attach themselves to our heartstrings. They are cute, most say adorable, and we welcome them into our lives with smiles and a giddy feeling of anticipation. These little creatures of God come to us seemingly from out of the blue, and then mandate our […]

Take The Step & Conquer Your Fear


By Paul Witkop – It took me a long time to learn how to swim. My parents, not good swimmers themselves, faithfully drove me to swimming lessons every week for many years. They were determined that I would learn to swim. I might be the only person in history to flunk the YMCA swimming classes […]

Time To Dream, Again


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – As I write this column, just a few weeks to go and then the ball falls in NYC, and we all are challenged to remember to write 2018 on our checks and letters. Amazing how fast time flies these days. One week turns quickly into another and then […]