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Celebrating 70th anniversary of the U.N. partition vote

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — About the Nazi Holocaust, one Christian historian has written: “The fact that it could take place in the heart of Europe, in the middle of the 20th Century, carried out in the name of what had seemed to be and in many ways was the most developed of nations, […]

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Israel loved the Sinai that is now a killing field

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — It was a bit of heaven; now it is a chunk of hell.  Muslim extremists are killing each other in the wilderness where Moses received the Law; in Israel, hands are wringing and hearts are breaking. In a grisly familiar pattern, some 30 armed men entered the Rawdah […]

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Daughter bravely tells of producer’s sexual abuse

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — I always used to associate the number ‘13’ with the bat mitzvah ceremony of my elder daughter Sari.  I of course relived the joy three years later when my younger daughter Debra also handled the life-event with the effervescence and gifts they both manifest. Both my daughters love […]

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An antidote to the political mire: decency

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — It was just the other morning that I saw and heard the anguished yet determined report of a mother whose soldier-son was killed in that ambush in Niger.  The news media, which drowns us with equal parts information and hyperbole, was trying to extract a statement from her—a […]

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A New Year’s rite away from the tumult

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Politics.  Brutality.  Greed.   Incompetence.  Uncertainty.  At Rosh Hashanah, my people, a diverse and complex group, finds common comfort, sanctuary, and healing in one another. 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 […]

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He taught me about what love really is

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Hardly anyone we watch in the current national drama appears authentic or worthy of our recollections.  We have to look elsewhere for genuine moments of human intimacy that are devoid of histrionics or “fake news.” I have found in these bizarre times—and maybe you have as well—that I […]

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Be a drum major for justice

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — When I think of America, I see myself back in 1968—fifteen years old and in the regalia of the Woodward High School Marching Band.  I played clarinet and performed, to my cosmic joy, as the occasional Assistant Drum Major.  In February, the month in which the above photo […]

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Loving Israel 50 years after the Six Day War

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — Unbelievably, June 5 is the 50th anniversary of Israel’s lightning victory over the gathered Arab nations in the Six Day War of June 5-11, 1967.  The Jewish state paid a heavy price to survive; the rest of us need to pay tribute. When we were children  living there some […]

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JFK would be 100 on May 29

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California – “God’s work on earth must truly be our own,” he declared in those thick Bostonian tones at the close of his renowned Inaugural Address on the bitter cold morning of January 20, 1961.  A flawed man with impeccable charm and poise, a legend larger than himself, he remains the […]

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Cineplex not nearly so wondrous as our yesterdays

By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — These are the springtime festival days of Israel—Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, Israel Independence Day today, Jerusalem Day soon. I remember when, several years ago, it was reported in the international media that a huge, luxury Cineplex was being constructed in the suburban Israeli community of Kfar-Saba.  I retain […]

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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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