The Shema begins "Hear O' Israel" - so what about it? That man or woman up there looking out over their largest congregation of the year is simply asking us before the last shofar blast "to hear."For many listeners, the sermon is the only part of the service that we actually understand. That being, the red eye of the critic, is immediately turned on. A voice begins to ask, "Didn't I hear something like this a few years ago?" Or, "Why does the rabbi always have to talk about politics?"* Be present; no racing minds allowed. On a day when the cantor chants "Hineni" - "Here I am" - you be "here," too.
On This Day Comes a Real Chance to Pass, Shoot - Score! Edmon J Rodman Jewish Exponent; Sep 24, 2009; 226, 27; Docstoc pg. 36 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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