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Peter J. Rubinstein
Repelling Evil (Yom Kippur 5762)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 27, 2001

Villainy and evil are not strangers to us. And yet among all the villains and disciples of evil known in our history, the paradigm of evil singled out by Moses and by God is not one of the usual suspects. The person considered by God to be of greater villainy, far greater perverseness, far greater depravity than Pharaoh, is Amalek.

Peter J. Rubinstein
After Immense Tragedy (Rosh HaShanah 5762)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 17, 2001

These are somber days. Though gathering for typically a joyful occasion of the new year, we enter this year 5762 with a sadness and vicious weight bearing heavily upon us. The comforting cloak of innocence has been rudely stripped from our shoulders. Never again will we contend that the violence of terror is cordoned off far away from our shores.

Peter J. Rubinstein
Moving On (Rosh HaShanah 5762)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 16, 2001

?This is an uncommon year, a difficult year unlike any that we’ve had before. God willing, no other city will ever again have to face the immensity of the sorrow and tragedy that our city and our nation is facing now.

Peter J. Rubinstein
The Challenge of Holiness

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  January 10, 2000

Peter J. Rubinstein
On Punishment (Kol Nidrei)

Peter J. Rubinstein  |  September 19, 1999

The calm of this new year has already been shattered by the massacre at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. Violence continues. Our prayers and our tears are with those families that have lost their children this week.

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