November 27, 2012

(Reb Yudel)

Top Twelve Reasons Why Chanukah Is Better Than Christmas

12. You can't be nailed to the menorah.

11. More elephants in the Chanukah story.

10. No roof damage from the reindeer.

9. Never a silent night when you're amongst your Jewish loved ones.

8. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Rebbe.

7. Betting Chanukah gelt on candle races.

6. Yes, Rivka'le, there is no Santa Claus.

5. Naked spin-the-dreidel games.

4. Fun waxy build-up.

3. No awkward explanations of virgin birth.

2. Cheer optional.

1. No Irving Berlin songs.

(Written by Larry Yudelson and Yori Yanover for the Jewish Communication Network ( circa December 1995)

November 21, 2012

(Reb Yudel)

Is particularism the essence of Judaism?

Rabbi Robert Gordis, in a letter to the New York Review of Books:

Conventional wisdom has it that broad, universal philosophic concepts are to be sought among the Greeks, while narrow, intense particularisms derive from the Hebrews.

It may be worth pointing out that the human telos which Professor Cameron finds lacking in Aristotle, and which he credits Christianity with introducing, was clearly enunciated by the Hebrew prophet Micah four centuries before Aristotle and eight centuries before the birth of Christianity: "He has told you, O human being (adam) what is good and what the Lord your God requires of you, to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:7). Not the Jew or the freeman or the male (ish) but the human being irrespective of race, status or gender, is being called upon to obey the Divine imperative.

(Reb Yudel)

Rabbi Robert Gordis taught....

‎"Theological humility requires us to recognize that although we have but one God, God has more than one nation." -- Rabbi Robert Gordis