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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LIFE: L’Chaim, then BAM!


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. – Sad. Happy. Quietly listening to pain. Enjoying family, celebrating at the holidays. Many are the emotions we all have to deal with, were we to listen to lyrics of the famous Disney song “Circle of Life.” There is much to be fondly impressed by. There is also much […]