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Each issue of our Temple Emanu-El Bulletin features a commentary written by a member of our clergy or senior staff based on important themes in our lives. We invite you to become a part of the dialogue by posting your thoughts on the issues being discussed. Check back each month for a new entry.

Keeping the Fire Burning (Vol. 89, No. 1)
By Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson
Do you know the story about the small-town synagogue where a fire breaks out? One of the firemen happens to be a congregant, and the rabbi spots him.

“Hello Jimmy. Thank you so much for coming.” And then the rabbi laughs, “Come to think of it, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you in the shul.”

“Well,” answers the fireman, “it’s been a long time since there’s been a fire in the shul.”

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