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 […]

Summertime…And The Forgettin’ Is Easy


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – Summertime! This is the cry of school kids from Kindergarten through college. The expectation that the summer vacation frees them from studying, from learning, from reading, from following current events, for them is real. However, in reality, summertime should be an opportunity to study, learn, read and better understanding […]

Life, Liberty And The Pursuit of Happiness…Or Not!


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – Ever since we opened an American history textbook in school, we have been taught that American citizens are correct in expecting the privileges of living under our government’s “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” [LLPH] statement. But what is the “pursuit of happiness?” Where does my happiness come […]

La La Land Is Not Just A Movie


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – So here we are, weeks into the new presidential world and more people are praying than ever before. Some pray for the new president, his family and administration, others pray for a return to democracy, sanity and honesty. There are thousands out there who will never be pleased until […]

Integrity And Honesty – Not So Real Today


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – I shake your hand and the deal is final, done, set, completed. My handshake, and the required signature at the bottom of the page, is all that is needed to attest to the fact that there is now a resolution that both sides agree on. Or is it? Today […]

I’m Buzzed, But I’m Happy


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – My head is a-buzz. Not with bees. Not with the incessant hum of machinery. Not with the background noise of a city. My head is buzzing because I’m exhausted. It’s one thing to be tired from missing a few hours of sleep. It’s another to be in a “zone” […]

In A World Of Do It Yourself


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – What a world! On TV, we watch Do-it-Yourself programs. In the large “box stores” we are shown how to do it ourselves. In congregations and religious gatherings we are told how to do it ourselves. Even sports equipment maker Nike says, “Just do it.” If everything were that easy, […]