A Most Important Season


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. — So here we are again. The season of Jewish High Holy Days and Festivals has concluded, with hope and joy. November brings us closer to another set of holidays, another season… Of shopping and parties and good wishes, beginning with Thanksgiving Day modeled after the Jewish (harvest) festival of […]

What Do You Feed Your Mind?


By Paul Witkop – I am reading a very informative and convincing book by Dr. Mark Hyman, a nutritional expert. He has reminded me that anyone who wants to be an Olympic athlete would probably not adopt a diet of donuts and Twinkies. If you wanted to create a gourmet meal, would you start with […]

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 […]