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. […]

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, […]