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Trump is an aberration in America’s story

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — This past Saturday, millions of Americans marched in concert together in civil disobedience and out of the most fervent patriotism there is—love.  I had the opportunity to participate in the Women’s March that filled the downtown streets, sidewalks, and storefronts of Los Angeles.  It was gratifying, cleansing, and […]

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MLK was a real man with blemishes

By Rabbi Ben Kamin HARLEM, New York–Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 88 years old today, Sunday, January 15. As a pastor’s son growing up in the “Sweet Auburn” section of central Atlanta, pranking his friends and mimicking preachers with wicked accuracy, he’d had never dreamed that the day of his birth would be […]

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U.S. betrayed Israel, its one true Mideast friend

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Great heat has been generated by the recent American decision to abstain at the UN Security Council on Israel’s settlements in the West Bank (or Judea and Samaria, as some of us Jews call the area). I have strong mixed feelings about the matter except in one category: […]

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Seeing Christmas through Jewish eyes

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Even if we don’t theologically celebrate Christmas, we in the Jewish community honor and venerate the true meaning and implication of this national holiday season. This year, there is a complete calendar intertwining; the first light of Hanukkah will be lit on Christmas Eve. Though the December holiday […]

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Election USA: This too we shall survive

By Rabbi Ben Kamin  OCEANSIDE, California — The other day in my car, I came to an intersection at the same moment another driver appeared opposite.  Our eyes met—he was a black man, a little younger than me, and he looked deeply into me.  Two strangers transecting in an America where, it seems, we suddenly […]

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Thanksgiving is the table of unity at a divided moment

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — These are the days of division and fear. Let there be the relief of Thanksgiving this Thursday! Thanksgiving is a day when heaven yields some relief from our earthly concerns, when Americans of all faiths sit at one spiritual table with many of the same trimmings and family […]

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A leader who united, and one who divides

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — On the gloomy and ominous evening of April 4, 1968, in Indianapolis, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy—against the objections of his advisers and security detail—stood on a flatbed truck and improvised a speech to a crowd of mostly African Americans. “Bobby” was running for president (and had only eight weeks […]

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Miracles are when we bestir ourselves to do good

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — I am touch with a broken mother who has just lost a second child—who can even attempt to offer words?  A freshman college student agonizes about his parents’ difficult and contentious divorce.  There is a lot of anonymous suffering in the world—much more than the terrorizing open dramas […]

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Yom Kippur: good and evil work together for wisdom

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, Califoria –With the Judgment pending (perceived as a moral threshold by most Jews, a time for cleansing souls), Yom Kippur is really one of the rare times of the year when our spiritual community actual ponders evil straight on.   Most of the year, we’re thinking about good works. We’re just […]

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High Holy Days are for group confession

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — In other denominations, confession is a personal event, often realized between the confessor and a priestly intermediary. The cleric is charged with admonition but also the release, by virtue of so many devotions, mantras and other rituals. Not so with the Jews: As the community gathers for the […]

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First grandkids make it all worthwhile

By Rabbi Ben Kamin TEL-AVIV–At last, after the long and cramped flights, and the heady anticipation, my older daughter Sari and I arrived in Tel Aviv this past Monday afternoon.  Within hours, I was enfolding my twin granddaughters in my arms for the very first time. Tears filled my eyes and tickled my throat, like […]

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In memory of Rabbi Allen Kaplan on 9/11

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — I am hardly part of a 9/11 family but I did lose someone who was trying to help that day. Though an imposing figure of bulk and professionalism, rarely not dressed in his suit and tie, or in his naval reserve attire that he wore with quiet pride, he […]

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On Labor Day, let’s remember MLK’s final fight

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Martin Luther King Jr. is understandably remembered and cherished as the iconic civil rights leader, “the drum major for justice,” and for his brilliant oratorical skills.  Some also recall his provocative, brave cri de coeur as the vanguard protestor against the Vietnam War—which did not line up in his […]

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Do not dishonor the female captive

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — The Bible warned the soldiers about a captive woman. I think a lot about a distressed woman in the Bible who has no name, no known community, and not much hope.  She is described in the Book of Deuteronomy as “a captive lady,”—she is a prisoner of war.   Her […]

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