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“There’s No Use Hidin’ It”

09/25/2023 07:13:25 PM

Sep25

Peter H. Grumbacher – Interim Rabbi

“There’s No Use Hidin’ It” Peter H. Grumbacher – Interim Rabbi Temple Beth El – Newark, Delaware Yom Kippur 5784 – September 25, 2023 ____________________ For those of you who’ve seen the movie Golda, you probably know that Helen Mirren sat for three hours every day to have the prostheses and makeup transform her into Golda Meir. And what a job they did! You’d never know it was Helen Mirren. On a smaller scale for sure, with...Read more...

“I’ve Been Asked To Speak About God”

09/24/2023 07:15:50 PM

Sep24

Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi

“I’ve Been Asked To Speak About God” Kol Nidrei 5784 – September 24, 2023 Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi Temple Beth El – Newark, Delaware ___________________ Many years ago, a mother dropped off her son for religious school. Mrs. Schleplowitz came bounding into my office, and said, “Why don’t you ever speak about God?” I looked at her and replied, “Well, good morning to you, too. And what are you talking about? She...Read more...

“And Sarah Laughed…And So Should We”

09/16/2023 07:15:03 PM

Sep16

Peter H. Grumbacher – Interim Rabbi

“And Sarah Laughed…And So Should We” Peter H. Grumbacher – Interim Rabbi Temple Beth El – Newark, Delaware First Morning Rosh Hashanah 5784 – September 16, 2023 __________________________ In my teenage years The Lovin’ Spoonful sang a song called, “Do You Believe in Magic.” Does anybody remember that song? Well, be that as it may, we have to ask the same question regarding the miracle of Sarah’s pregnancy and Abraham’s...Read more...

“The ‘Look,’ Or, How a Shabbat-Desecrating ‘Chasid’ Threw Me For a Loop”

09/08/2023 07:19:03 PM

Sep8

Rabbi Peter H. Grumbacher

E X P L A I N A N D P U T O N F U L L – F U N C T I O N A L T A L I T “The ‘Look,’ Or, How a Shabbat-Desecrating ‘Chasid’ Threw Me For a Loop” Rabbi Peter H. Grumbacher September 8, 2023 – Temple Beth El ______________________ So it was a very warm Saturday afternoon. I was driving back to Wilmington from one of my interim gigs in Virginia. I wanted a drink, and only a WaWa Diet Peach iced tea would do. Would I have to wait...Read more...

“The Joke That Came Alive Before My Very Eyes Right Here in Temple Beth El!”

08/25/2023 07:20:23 PM

Aug25

Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi

“The Joke That Came Alive Before My Very Eyes Right Here in Temple Beth El!” Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi August 25, 2023 A geniza is where Hebrew books, manuscripts and other papers were kept. Some were later buried. The oldest geniza is found in Cairo; when discovered in 1864 it was found to hold 280,000 Jewish manuscript fragments dating from 870 to the 19th century. There’s a joke that’s so old it was found in the Cairo...Read more...

“You and Y’all”

08/11/2023 07:26:06 PM

Aug11

Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi

“You and Y’all” August 11, 2023 – Shabbat Re’eh Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi ___________________ One of my criticisms of the latest Reform prayerbook, Mishkan Tefilah, is its use of the “vertical pronoun.” There are too many interpretative selections of the traditional prayers that contain the word “I”, or the alternative, “me.” For those of you who take note of such things, it’s virtually never found in any...Read more...

“The Perfect Rabbi”

07/28/2023 07:24:34 PM

Jul28

Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi

“The Perfect Rabbi” Peter H. Grumbacher, Interim Rabbi Temple Beth El – Newark, Delaware – July 28, 2023 ____________________________________________ A couple of months after I came to Beth Emeth, we were standing in the receiving line following the service when, in front of the many people who were waiting to say, “Shabbat shalom” to me and the Senior Rabbi, one of the long-term congregants greeted me with, “You know, Rabbi,...Read more...

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