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An Open Letter to Sarah Silverman

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Dear Sarah,

You have grown political as of late, and your politics have traction. Your YouTube video “Let My People Vote” has been viewed more than 1.4 million times. You have 3.4 million Twitter followers apparently eager to consume your mix of sexual references and political barbs.

I wouldn’t be writing these words had your most recent video not been framed in biblical language. Its title held deep significance to me, as I am sure was your intention.

Your name is Silverman. My name is Rosenblatt. We both have Jewish ancestors; I am not sure what else we share. You are good at what you do – comedy – and I try to be good at what I do – being a husband, dad, rabbi, and manufacturer of kosher meat. My wife and I are blessed with six children and my day is spent earning for the brood.

You stand out among comedians because your comedy is sharper than theirs. It is crude and clever, simple and punishing; your perception of the human condition is acute, which is why your punch lines bite deeper and hurt longer. You have a knack for finding faults and inconsistencies in people and blowing them wide open with carefully plotted language and cleverly nuanced pauses.

If I were to be gratuitous, I would say you mock what is imperfect because you know what perfect should look like and you seek the ultimate perfection.

But I won’t be so gratuitous. You are in show biz. I am in the rabbi biz. You entertain people. I serve people. I believe I have your number. You will soon turn 42 and your destiny, as you stated, will not include children. You blame it on your depression, saying you don’t want to pass it on to another generation.

I find that confusing, coming from someone as perceptive as you are in dissecting flawed arguments. Surely you appreciate being alive and surely, if the wonder of your womb were afflicted with your weaknesses and blessed with your strengths, it would be happy to be alive, too.

You said you wouldn’t get married until gay people can. Now they can. And you still haven’t married. I think, Sarah, that marriage and childrearing are not in the cards for you because you can’t focus on building life when you spend your days and nights tearing it down.

You have made a career making public that which is private, making crude that which is intimate, making sensual that which is spiritual. You have experienced what traditional Judaism taught long ago: when you make sex a public thing it loses its potency. When the whisper is replaced with a shout there is no magic to speak about. And, in my opinion, Sarah, that is why you have had trouble forging a permanent relationship – the most basic desire of the feminine soul.

Human beings have many acquaintances and fewer friends, but only one spouse. Judaism celebrates the monogamous, intimate relationship with a spouse as the prototype of the intimate relationship with God. Marriage, in Judaism, is holy. Family, in Judaism, is celebrated. But for you, nothing is holy; in your world, nothing is permanent. Your ideology is secular. Your culture may be Jewish, but your mind is not.

I think you have latched on to politics because you are searching for something to build. There is only so much pulling down one can do without feeling utterly destructive. You want to fight for a value so you take your belief – secularism – and promote it. As an Orthodox rabbi, I disagree with just about everything you say, but respect your right to say it. All I ask, respectfully, is that you not use traditional Jewish terminology in your efforts. Because doing so is a lie.

Nothing you say or stand for, Sarah, from your sickening sexual proposal to a Republican donor to your equally vulgar tweet to Mitt Romney, has the slightest thing to do with the most basic of tenets which Judaism has taught the world – that the monogamous relationship is the most meaningful one and that a happy marriage is the key to wholesomeness.

You are driven. You are passionate. I pray that you channel your drive and direct your passion to something positive, something that will make you a better and more positive person, something that will allow you to touch eternity and truly impact the world forever. I pray that you pursue marriage and, if you are so blessed, raise children.

Washington Jewish Week Owners Buys the Baltimore Jewish Times

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The owners of Washington’s Jewish newspaper submitted the winning bid for The Baltimore Jewish Times at a bankruptcy auction.

Route 95 Publications, LLC, an affiliate of the WJW Group that owns the Washington Jewish Week, said it won Monday’s auction to purchase Alter Communications, the publisher of The Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine. The group’s bid was $1.26 million.

The sale still must be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge, who reportedly will consider the issue on Thursday.

“The Baltimore Jewish Times is, literally, a significant communal institution and a meaningful player in the world of Anglo-Jewish newspapers,” Louis Mayberg, a partner of Route 95 Publications, said in a statement. “We respect that tradition, and we are committed to continue it, and to build upon it.”

Alter Communications went into bankruptcy following an acrimonious legal dispute with its printer that had rendered uncertain the future of The Baltimore Jewish Times, a 93-year-old weekly.

Route 95 Publications was one of three bidders for Alter. The others were Baltimore Community Publishing, LLC, which owns a local sports publication and is led by physician Scott Rifkin, and the printer, H.G. Roebuck & Son Inc., which had won a legal judgment against Alter over breach of contract that led to the bankruptcy.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Alter’s CEO had estimated that the sale would be for between $400,000 and $600,000.

In Monday’s auction, Baltimore Community Publishing bid $1.25 million, while Roebuck bid up to $905,000.

Mayberg said in his statement that while his ownership group anticipated “the development of some efficiencies on the administrative side of the paper, our plan is to keep as many employees of the paper who can help make it better and stronger, and to bring in additional support to help the paper continue to grow and prosper.”

He said his group is “committed to maintaining the high level of journalistic integrity of the Jewish Times” and to it remaining “a Baltimore-based paper.”

Michigan Israel Business Bridge Creates Advisory Council

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Michigan Israel Business Bridge President Chuck Newman announced the members of the newly formed MIBB Advisory Council, which is composed of leaders from Michigan and Israel who serve as ambassadors and counselors for the organization.

Mitechnews.com reports that the group was chosen for their ability to assist the MIBB in its mission to promote business development between Michigan and Israel.

“I am very pleased that we have been able to attract this important and accomplished group of business people to our organization,” said Newman. “This group brings a new level of expertise and thinking to the current and future work of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge.”

The new Advisory Board includes Yariv Becher- Consul for Economic Affairs, The Government of Israel Economic Mission- Midwest, James Bellinson – CEO of Riverstone Communities, LLC, and Gil Golan – Director –GM Advanced Technical Center Israel.

For a complete list click here.

Men And Temptation: Beyond The Bus

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

There is a culture war raging in Israel. The extremists are pushing for an ever-expanding division of the sexes – including separate seating on public buses – and the moderates are refusing to go along for the ride. The struggle has filled newspapers and blogs the world over.

And it raises a larger question.

How should the Orthodox Jewish community deal with human temptation? Does removing challenges make the male spiritual immune system stronger? Does it make our masculinity more dignified?

Most people will agree that men and women are essentially different and face different challenges. Most men will agree that the basic male nature – without God or spiritual influence – is to pursue power and promiscuity.

From the day he is born man wants to be mighty, to make an imprint on the world. Jewish tradition teaches that this desire comes from a good place. Our soul is endowed with the knowledge that the purpose of life is to improve self and inspire others, to affect the world we inhabit in a positive way.

The male’s challenge is his ego, the drive that leads him, as a cow is led to pasture, to chase the fool’s gold of fame, fortune and physical pleasure.

Judaism teaches that we should have an ego. It says, in fact, that we should have an “eighth of an eighth” of haughtiness (Sotah 5a).

It doesn’t ask us to overcome our pride entirely. Why? Because spending our lives on a “seek and destroy” mission against our ego will send us down a troubled path. We may destroy our self-confidence in the process. And we may spend so much time overcoming the ego that the lack of haughtiness becomes our identity – our pride. Circuitously, we may reinforce the trait we sought to weaken.

The male ego can never be entirely removed. It is like removing fat from a well-marbled piece of meat; the more you uncover, the more you will find.

So what was God’s plan? How is man to overcome his nature? By taking responsibility. Marrying, working, caring for a wife, tending growing children with increasing and changing needs, joining a synagogue and committing to community are the things that keep man rooted, humble, and down to earth.

The same is true with man’s second primal desire. The male attraction to the female was created by God. The more one tries to remove temptation, the more things will become tempting. Asking women to sit in the back half of the bus, or to walk on another side of the street, will result in their very presence being a distraction. The more you cover, the more things you will observe.

The solution was written in the Torah. It was defined as the reality of the world after Adam left the Garden of Eden. Man should be busy. Man should work hard. Man should do the things men do best: protect and provide for the wife and children they love.

When I was a bachur in yeshiva, we sought deeper meanings in the words of Chazal; the derash fascinated us more than the pshat. As I grow older, the words of Chazal ring clearer and deeper in their most basic meanings. And these are words I love: Rabban Gamliel says (Avos 2:2), “How wonderful is the study of Torah with work, as involvement with both makes one forget sin.”

May it be God’s will.

Yaakov Rosenblatt, the author of two books, “tends the flock,” literally and figuratively, as CEO of A.D. Rosenblatt Kosher Meats, LLC and a rabbi with NCSY in Dallas.

Kosher Tidbits from around the Web — June 4, 2007

Monday, June 4th, 2007

They say the best way to watch a baseball game is with food in one hand and a soft drink or beer in the other. Well, rumorhas it the best potato knishes at a ballpark can be found at RFK Stadium in Washington DC and amazingly enough they’re kosher. As a matter of fact quality kosher food can be purchased at many sports arena thanks to a company called Kosher Sports.

And speaking of kosher food, interesting places and convenience – coming soon to an airport, hospital, hotel and office near you – vending machines selling hot kosher food. The dream-child of Alan Cohnen, and Doron Fetman, Kosher Vending Industries, has the only kosher license for a patented vending machine that keeps food like pizza, mozzarella sticks, potato knishes, onion rings, or vegetarian cutlets frozen until the moment of purchase. Then within 45 seconds, hot piping food becomes available.

In Beijing and looking for a place to eat – China Daily recommends checking out Dini’s Kosher restaurant. This “oasis for the Jewish community” serves Japanese dishes (yes, Japanese) as well as old-time American favorites like foot-long hot dogs and open pastrami sandwiches.

Want to give your opinionon a restaurant, deli or take-out place in your neighborhood? Check out Kosher Community Surveys where your thoughts and opinions matter.

And finally our friends at R.A.B. Food Group, LLC – otherwise known as Manischewitz – have announced the 2nd annual Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off. This time around the first round tryouts will be held in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. So, chefs, gather up your recipes and give it a try, the grand prize in this contest – State-of-the-art, GE Profile Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances.

 

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/kosher-food-news/kosher-tidbits-from-around-the-web-june-4-2007/2007/06/04/

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