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My departed father still leads the seder

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — I remember: only weeks after my father died in 1976, our family convened at the house for the annual Seder—the festive banquet of Passover.   My father had always proudly led and meticulously directed the ceremonial meal, holding, reading, and chanting from the Haggadah –the book of blessings and […]

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King taught what in life was worthy to remember

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 49 years ago today, April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.  He was standing on the balcony just outside Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel.  It was 6:01 PM and he had just leaned over the railing and was speaking to a gospel […]

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“Yes, call me a Jew”

Historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized This new wave of anti-Semitism, delivered via bomb threats, cemetery vandalisms, swastika desecrations, and specific acts of violence, reawakens an old and bittersweet mantra in every Jewish soul: we are as vulnerable as we are enduring. I remember: somebody once wrote me a nasty letter after something I circulated […]

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And I saw the fear in her eyes

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — A few days ago, I visited with a family that I very much like.  They happen to hail from Mexico and have two kind and winning young children who were born and are being raised in the United States.  The children speak fluent English; they look and sound […]

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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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