Vayeira 5775: If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

November 7, 2014

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ

A first-time tourist came to Israel and was taken to the Kotel, the Western Wall. Not being too versed in religious aspects of Judaism, he asked another visitor the significance of the wall. He explained, "This is a sacred wall. If you pray to it, God will hear you."

The tourist walked close to the wall and started to pray.

"Dear Lord," he said, "Bring sunshine and warmth to this beautiful land."

A commanding voice answered, "I will, my son." 

The tourist was encouraged, and said, "Bring prosperity to this land."

"I will, my son."

Wow! This is great, he thought. I'll try again. And he said, "Let Jews and Arabs live together in peace, dear Lord."

And the commanding voice answered, "You're talking to a wall."

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Vayeitzei 5775: Everything Old is New Again

November 28, 2014

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ

I'd like to share some news stories for you today. Please, listen closely. These are especially important news items.

In news this Thanksgiving weekend, the Palestinian Prime Minister urged the Israeli Prime Minister to "take serious and significant steps to renew the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians." Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority leader said that Israeli hints of unilateral moves showed that Israel was not serious about peace.

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Vayishlach 5775: Ultimate Fighting Championship Over Ourselves

December 5, 2014

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ

"Anything worth doing is worth doing now."
–The Lubavitcher Rebbe

On this Men's Club Shabbat, it is important to note that our society presents images of manhood that often seem a bit askew. In my 9th Grade Sacred Choices curriculum in our Kurn Religious School we examine what it is that our American media tells us that a man should be. By looking at magazines, movies, TV, the internet, and Youtube we explore the image of an American man.

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Emor 5775: Around the World in 85 Days

May 8, 2015

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ

It is a pleasure to be back home on the bimah of Temple Emanu-El after my three-month sabbatical trip around the world. I am very grateful to the congregation, to our Board, and to our president, Bonnie Golden for the opportunity to take this time away, and to Rabbi Appel, Rabbi Seltzer, Marjorie Hochberg, Margie Kendle, and our entire staff for caring for the needs of our congregants during this period. I have been back for three weeks, but this marks the first opportunity I have had to discuss my Sabbatical from the bimah. It was amazing, but it's also a little hard to summarize briefly.

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Tribute to Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein

May 16, 2015

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

My friends, it is a special honor to speak about the manifold contributions that Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein have made to Temple Emanu-El, and to our entire community. Just listing their many, many programs, projects, and great works requires a good deal of time.

But in order to do this properly, to acknowledge the remarkable depth and breadth of their giving to our historic temple and to this community, it is necessary to understand the true nature of avodah, of sacred service.

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