Words Hurt and Heal


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. — A few years ago, I delivered a sermon expressing the need for civility, integrity and honesty in government. It seemed like a normal appeal to do right, speak appropriately and act within norms established by society. I was invited not to return to that pulpit. Ever since, I have […]

Envy Will Make You Miserable


By Paul Witkop – When I was about 12, my close friend Jeff had a gold colored Schwinn Stingray bicycle with a banana seat and 3-speed stick shift. I wanted one too…very badly. It is called envy and it starts young. Experience has shown me that envy is a very destructive force. It is a […]

A Palm Tree, a Ficus and Some Chimes


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. — It was one of those unusual Sunday afternoons when not much was going on. The temperature was below average, and a cool breeze woke the hanging chimes prompting them to ring every now and again. I took a sip of my drink and lay on the chaise on the […]

This is the Day


By Paul Witkop – You and I have been given one life. We do not know how many years will be given to us on this earth. That is why I try to live with the mindset that “every day is a gift.” In Psalm 118:24, the psalmist writes, “This is the day that the […]

Happiness… and Holocaust


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. — Joy-filled times of redemption and rebirth. Many of us just celebrated the holy days of Pesach (Passover) and Easter. Family time. Good food. Fancy new spring clothing. Travels to enjoy seeing relatives. Days of revelry and joy, happiness and fun. And now we are into the month of May […]

Full of Faith or Full of Fluff


By Paul Witkop – Author Ken Davis tells this story… A woman happened to be looking out of the window of her home one day. She was horrified to see her German shepherd shaking the life out of the neighbor’s pet rabbit. Her family had been quarreling with these neighbors; this was certainly going to […]

Once Upon a Time There was a Bunny …


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. — A fluffy little bunny was scampering across a green field. Alone. With nothing special in mind to do this day. Enjoying the green of the field and the comfort of the quietude. Suddenly he was struck by the appearance of another bunny on the other side of the field. […]

God is Greater Than Any Challenge I Have


By Paul Witkop – What is your challenge today? We all have them. The older we grow, the wiser we become if we realize that despite all our education, expertise and experience, we don’t have the answers to every problem we encounter. Sooner or later, there comes a challenge that will bring us to the […]

New Year’s: 2019 and 5779


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. — For members of my community it is already the NEWest Year, from our calendar change in the Fall when ‘traditional counting’ suggests this to be 5779 years since Creation. Those who enjoy playing with numbers, numerology, as did the ancients of the Middle East, note the year 5779 has […]

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. […]