I got to hear two of the talks.
I would argue that we spend a lot of time talking about the bad actors that have invaded our culture. We should talk about the good ones, more.
Potomac - nice Jewish community.
Nice kiddush, kugel.
You guessed it: A sick, perverted rabbi.
You guessed it: Everybody covered for him.
You guessed it: There is a layer of normal that passes for society, and a layer underneath that is the true reality of those that suffer without end.
The father responds: "Tell Mr. Trump that he can call the office for an appointment."
WE WERE ROARING
They just don't.
It's when a bunch of guys heads to the kitchen and has a l'chayim before the official kiddush starts.
They want sanity to return, but I think it is b/c they don't realize (you can't unless you've seen it up close) what a bunch of sociopaths have been inhabiting DC for so long.
They truly believe you can help people and be rational about negotiating with your enemies.
A rabbi literally said this to me: I don't understand why the guy who harassed me didn't just stop to talk.
He talked about forgiveness, and this is pertinent to survivors of child sexual abuse.
Obviously SRA, CSA and all forms of abuse cause irrevocable harm.
We may not forgive a murderer. Why?
Because ONLY THE WRONGED PARTY can provide the forgiveness -- and that person is DEAD.
Never in anger.
Rabbi Shammai took a brick and chased the man away.
He was furious that the man would reduce an entire faith this way.
Later he wrote, "receive all men in good countenance."
A leader has to be emotionally intelligent, enough to see their own mistakes.
Rabbi Hillel was famous for his good temperament.
When disputes arose between the schools of Hillel and Shammai, Jews follow Hillel.
The rest he could study later.
Because the "odious" thing was more memorable.
People don't want to hear tiresome cliches.
As a populist I was very charged up to hear about this.
Telushkin explained: Nobody is ever satisfied.
But you can be happy and grateful.
The @Forbes ranking of rich people came out, and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were #1 and #2, respectively. Adelson came in third.
The New York Times ran a story: Adelson isn't satisfied.
Now I can't remember what he said about this. I just like that he focused on how every single person can be great.
Here the rabbi focused on the wisdom of NON-intellectuals.
The farmer looks at what really happens in the world. He learns from what's going on, not from his own head.
That's why he gets smarter, while the smug academic peaks, and then his knowledge declines.
However, RITUALS ALONE ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR ETHICS.
And a "religious Jew" who isn't ethical isn't really religious.