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Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:47

enough already

Written by rabbi russ resnik

You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? -- Matt. 17:17a

art-heronA good friend recently described me in public as a patient man. I appreciated the affirmation, of course, but I was tempted to jump up and protest.

Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:21

patient with joy

Written by rabbi russ resnik

I think I’m a pretty patient guy, but I saw something this week that put my patience to shame.

Friday, 04 November 2011 13:30

the birth of our dreams

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-tree-dreamsNow there was a man in Jerusalem called Shimon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. (Luke 2:25)

Thursday, 06 January 2011 22:20

an impatient generation

Written by rabbi russ resnik

    art-watchesThough the fig tree may not blossom,
    Nor fruit be on the vines;
    Though the labor of the olive may fail,
    And the fields yield no food;
    Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
    And there be no herd in the stalls—
    Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
    I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 18:49

well worth the wait

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

“Be patient, brothers, till the coming of the Lord. And look, the farmer’s waiting for the precious fruit out of the earth. Be patient until it drinks the first and later rains. Be patient. Gather strength, make your hearts firm. Drawing near is the coming of the Lord. And brothers, do not groan against each other for fear you may be judge. And look, the judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, see the prophets who spoke in the name of God.” (Yaakov 5:7-10, Restored New Testament, Barnstone)

art-waitFour times, in a span of four verses, Yaakov pleads in his letter that his readers be patient. The patience he is referring to involves matters of survival and future redemption. The patient farmer is awaiting his livelihood, and the patient prophets await the word of God to come to pass. It is worth noting that some prophets died in their patience while others only saw the fruit at the end.

Friday, 10 September 2010 14:09

patience, passive and active

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-counterI was recently stuck in line at the car rental counter behind a guy who appeared to have never rented a car before in his life. I’d say he was a classic nudnik, but I don’t think I should call someone a name in an article about ethics. With shorts a bit too tight and hitched up a bit too high upon his potbelly, and close-cropped gray hair over a worried brow, he questioned every line in the rental agreement.

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