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            • Opinion

              Our sages tell us that God gives permission and power for a doctor to heal, (Talmud, Bava Kamma 85a). This may seem obvious but Judaism proclaims God as the ultimate healer and both Maimonides and Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav were very wary of doctors. They didn’t prohibit people from seeing doctors but didn’t encourage it either. Instead, they said that if you choose to see a doctor, he/she must recognize that they were chosen by God as an instrument of healing.
            • Contemplate these statistics: Australia has a population of 25 million. Florida’s population is slightly under 22 million. To date, there have been only 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in Australia compared to over 50,000 deaths in our state of Florida. Florida is only 6.6% of the U.S. population of 330 million, yet in the last month Florida has accounted for 20% of new COVID-19 infections.
            • There are occasions when Judaism's spiritually lies beyond the sacred walls of the synagogue and can be felt and found in the great outdoors.
            • My father, Rabbi Sam Silver, used to say “In anatomy and politics, the heart is on the left,” which was true decades ago when liberals supported women’s rights, the environment and equal rights and liberal icon Dr. Martin Luther King supported Israel and considered it anti-Semitic to deny the right of the Jews to a homeland. Today, many liberals betray these principles by opposing Israel, the bastion of democracy and oasis of freedom in the Middle East for women, gays, religious minorities and others.
            • There are many jobs in daily life that we do for ourselves. Most of us can replace a light bulb, some of us can repair a light switch, and a few of us can change a lighting fixture. However, I doubt if many people reading this can rewire an entire house. If they did, it would probably be illegal since that would need permits, and a licensed electrician to certify that the work was done correctly!
            • Worshipping at a Sephardic synagogue was another stepping stone on my journey of deeper understanding and rediscovery of our beautiful Jewish faith.
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