What's Happening with the Rabbi

As the rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel, I welcome your visit to our website. This section of the site is where I'll be posting remarks, prayers, and commentary I've made at various community and national events.

Please feel free to be in touch if you'd like to suggest a topic for further discussion, or if you have questions about our Temple and the Jewish community of the Eastern shore.

Rabbi’s Comments at TACL Martin Luther King event held at B’nai Israel, 2016

It is no small task to speak with the community onthisday when we celebratethe birth, life andlegacyof Martin Luther King, Jr.For this isadayof conscienceand memory.  Onthis dayhistory and hope converge.  On this day, ourpast is measured againstour progress.  On this day, we are answerable to Dr. King and to his dream.

The challenge and burden of this day remain pressing in our lives. Unfortunately,there are still people out therewhostubbornlycling to perverse andignorant notions...peoplewhoclutchdesperatelythe prejudicesof thepast; benighted people who believe that outmoded attitudes, Neanderthal notions and insupportable behaviors made obsolete a long time ago, still describe our society and define our culture. Hard as they may try, even these doltishsouls cannotdiscount, disregard, evade or ignoretheefficacyand inevitability ofDr. Kingslife and work.  Ultimately, these folkand their descendants willbe defeated by the truth.  They willcapitulate to the inexorable currents of history, surrendering to a societythat rejects fully their bigotry and condemns unequivocally their racism.They will be overtaken by their own obsolescence! But today, this daywe celebrate the life of Dr. King,and thank God forthepower of his example and corrective passion of his dream.

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Rabbi Hyman's MLK Speech

At the request of so many, we are pleased to share with you the text of Rabbi Hyman’s sermon which he delivered at the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast last month. Rabbi Hyman was the key-note speaker at this community celebration.

I am honored by your invitation to share some thoughts on this morning of celebration and reflection.  My heartfelt thanks extend to the leadership of the Talbot NAACP and to the officers and directors of TACL for the privilege of this moment.

It is no small task to speak with the community on this day when we celebrate the birth, life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. For this is a day of conscience and memory. On this day history and hope converge, our painful past is measured against the promise of our progress, and we are answerable to Dr. King and to his dream. On this day we are judged against the undiminished challenge of his mission; a mission bequeathed to us in blood and tears. He continues to stir our souls and inform our actions.

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Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration Sermon

Below is a copy of the sermon Rabbi Hyman delivered at the second annual Juneteenth Celebration. Rabbi Hyman was invited to by the Frederick Douglas Honor Society.

You know, it was exactly one year ago today that we gathered here on this spot and in this manner and as a community triumphantly celebrating the return of Fredrick Douglass back home to Talbot County. It was a moving and glorious morning of praise and thanksgiving. That special moment, one year ago, brought our community together allowing us to share in a sense of pride and accomplishment. All of us who gathered last year felt the uplifting power of God's spirit touching each and every soul worshipping here that morning. It was a moment of magnificent celebration and joy. The dedication of the Statue opened up for us the door to healing in a way and with an unspoken power that is unusual and not often available to communities like ours. I delight in the fact that many of us took advantage of that occasion and walked across that threshold of opportunity.

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From the Rabbi's Desk

The other night on the Colbert Report, a television show that airs at 11:30 immediately after The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert held up two books each one authored by a member of his writing staff. The title of the first book escapes me. I can't remember its title. I can't remember the title, not because this first book is bad or not deserving of my attention...that's not it at all. I can't remember the title of the first book because I was taken aback and frankly, a little shocked and a lot surprised by the title of the second book Steven Colbert held up to the camera. This book is titled: Bad for the Jews. Perhaps I heard wrong. I didn't.

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