May 13th, 2006

somber

Shabbat Sermon

Interesting...
FIRST PART OF A
SHABBAT SERMON
BY RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG
MARCH 1, 2003

"This morning I want to talk to you about money.

The truth of the matter is, it is highly unlikely that one would ever hear a priest begin a sermon with those words. It was Jesus who taught in the New Testament that the chances of a wealthy person getting into heaven was like that of a camel passing through the eye of a needle.

In the church the religious leader takes a vow of poverty. No religious leader in Judaism takes such a vow. God forbid! It might work out that way, but not as religious requirement. And certainly not for me … thanks to you.

No, there’s a vastly different attitude within Christianity and Judaism when it comes to money. Perhaps best expressed in the sign hanging over a Jewish-owned bank: “Jesus saves - Moses invests!”

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My personal favorite line:
"Jesus Christ, you're a bad Jew!"