Did you hear the one about the young man who was caught carrying a bomb on an airplane? When arrested, he claimed that he always carried a bomb with him on airplanes. After all, he said, what are the odds against there ever being two bombs on the same plane? Read more →
Author Archive for: Rabbi Steven Reuben
I read this story in Reader’s Digest once about a guy who was camping in a national forest and in the morning as he stood in the communal bathroom washing up, the man next to him asked him what he did for a living. “I’m a Juvenile Rehabilitation Counselor,” he replied. At which point the other man shook his head and said, “Yep, I’m a parent too!” Read more →
A friend of mine tells the story about how one cold, wet, winter day he was late leaving home for work. There was a knock on his front door and there standing in the cold and rain stood two Jehovah’s Witnesses. Of course usually when that happened he just told them “No thanks I’m Jewish” and closed the door. But looking at them standing there damp and shivering in the rain my friend felt sorry for them so when they asked if they could come inside he opened the door and said, “OK.” Read more →
I once heard someone describe the difference between a dog and a cat like this: You love your dog so you take care of it and feed it and give it treats. So your dog is grateful and it looks up at you and thinks to itself, “You must be God.”
You love your cat so you take care of and feed it and give it treats. So your cat is grateful and it looks up at you and thinks to itself, “ I must be God.” Read more →
There was once a powerful Japanese emperor who needed a new chief samurai. So he sent out a challenge throughout the land that he was searching for the best samurai in all the known world.
When a full year had passed only three people had accepted the emperor’s challenge and came before him to win this very demanding position: a Japanese samurai, a Chinese samurai and a Jewish samurai. Read more →
One of the local ministers in the Palisades is a dear friend of mine. Once when we were sharing computer frustrations he told me this story about Jesus and Satan and how one day they are having a “friendly discussion” as to which one of them would make a better computer programmer. This goes on for a few hours until they decide to hold a contest, with God as the judge. So they sit down at their computers and begin. Read more →
I was told the story of a woman my age who decided to introduce her mother to the magic of the internet. Her first move was to show her mom the popular “Ask.com” site. To impress her she told her that it could answer any question she had. Read more →
When Chaim Weizman, the modern founder of Zionism was once asked, “Why don’t you just accept the offer to establish a Jewish state in Uganda ?” He said, “That’s like me asking why you drove 50 miles to see your mother when there are so many other nice old ladies so much closer.”
We drive the 50 miles because we only have one mother. And we stand up for Israel because we only have one ancient homeland. Israel first became a Jewish nation in 1312 B.C.E.- that’s 3,300 years ago – two thousand years before the rise of Islam in the 7 th century. But the world suffers from a unique form of collective amnesia when it comes to Jews, and so Yassir Arafat could stand at Camp David , reject Israel ’s offers of peace and a Palestinian State and declare that the Jews had no historical connection to Jerusalem at all. Read more →
“Once upon a time…” Just hearing the words our minds begin to soar – to far off places, distant galaxies, or childhood dreams. “Once upon a time…” – we hear the words and a shiver of anticipation runs down our spines, knowing that with a good story anything is possible. “Once upon a time…, Once upon a time – and we settle down in our chairs as the story finally unfolds. Read more →
EGO – Everyone’s Greatest Obstacle by
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.
Kol Nidre 5767/2006
The great comedian Milton Berle used to have a host of one-liners about ego’s and egotists. He’d say, “Put two egotists together and you’ve got a case of an I for an I.” 0r my favorite, “He’s always me-deep in conversation!” And then of course there’s the all-time conversation stopper: Read more →
Revelation is a tricky thing. For Moses it took place at age 80 while standing in front of a burning bush. For Abraham it was in Haran at age 75 when he heard the voice of God telling him to take a different path from his ancestors and become a blessing to all the families of the world. Read more →
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben explains how he answers the question from new parents: can we raise our children with both religions?
Yom Kippur Day 5767/2006
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.
Kehillat IsraelReconstructionist Congregation
A young woman named Sally was driving home from a business trip in Northern Arizona. She saw an elderly Navajo woman walking by the side of the road so she stopped the car and asked if she’d like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey Sally tried in vain to make small talk with the Navajo woman but the old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every detail. Eventually the old woman noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally and finally spoke: Read more →
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben discusses a challenging point in an interfaith couple’s relationship: meeting the parents.
Rabbi Reuben discusses the issues that arise when an interfaith couple has a baby, specifically a boy.