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Rabbi Marc: God has blessed, kept, shone His light and given peace to move on from here

Rabbi Marc Kline KyForward columnist   I sometimes get the strangest looks from folks. We are a people accustomed to passing pleasantries with others as we walk through this world. We exchange greetings, usually asking another how he or she is doing that day. Many who ask are doing so out of habit, not really investing his or her self in hearing the answer that may or may not be returned.   Whenever...

Rabbi Marc: We are all Moses parting our own Red Sea, evolving and living our own miracles

(Photo from Bible.ca)   I believe in miracles. I believe that miracles happen all around us … we just do not pay attention to them.   I believe that miracles impact the lives of everyone and everything, and that they are the very truth that proves the grandeur of creation, evolution, science and faith.   I know that it is not often that those four words – creation, evolution,...

2013 Review: A salute to our faithful, interesting stable of regular columnists

KyForward is celebrating its third end-of-year review with you, happy that we can revisit an abundance of rich, deep content by writers who share their experiences and expertise on a regular basis. These fine writers have helped us accomplish one of our primary goals when KyForward was created – to provide a forum for a variety of voices on a wide and deep range of subjects that inform and entertain...

Rabbi Marc: Gambling with another's dignity, future can lead to generations of pain, turmoil

Growing up in Las Vegas, I learned not to be enamored with gambling. It was everywhere.   Slot machines line the walls of restaurants, airports, groceries and theaters. To my knowledge, they have not yet made it into the hospitals or schools, but there was a joke that if you pulled and did not get three jackpot symbols, the bathroom stall door would not open.   When I do bet, I bet on sure...

Rabbi Marc: Righteousness, not justice, was MLK’s dream; time to learn the difference

It occurred to me as I reflected on the 50th anniversary commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, that we ought to have a conversation about justice.   I had the honor of being included in Lexington’s 50th anniversary commemoration. King spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. We spoke on the steps of the courthouse in Lexington....

Rabbi Marc: Those who declare themselves'in the know' about God may be false prophets

I am causing trouble on Facebook. I know, many of you are saying, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” I really did not mean to do it, but … well, it just happened.   See, someone posted a note that said that God was returning soon, and all those not on board should be afraid. Now, I have no problem accepting that for Christians Jesus will return, while, at the same...

Rabbi Marc: Professing to love God with our whole heart means choosing to love all others

I love my children with all of my heart. I love my wife with all of my heart. I have friends whom I love with all of my heart. Does anyone see the problem inherent in the way in which we make these statements? Hold up your hand if you have said these things.   Okay, now here is the tricky one, “I love my (car, house, cheeseburger, job, teddy bear, spelling bee trophy, etc.) with all of my heart.”...

Rabbi Marc: Regarding gay marriage, let us
understand ‘rule of law’ versus ‘rule of faith’

The United States Supreme Court’s landmark decisions took the air out of the Voting Rights Act — and the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.   Now, as to each of these decisions, I certainly have my own opinions, and those who know me know what they are. For the purposes of this conversation, my feelings on the outcomes are irrelevant. There is no question that...

Rabbi Marc: Two views of story about Aaron's son mirror today's gay marriage controversy

This week, the United States Supreme Court handed down some landmark decisions. At the same time that they took the air out of the Voting Rights Act, they also took the air out of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.   Now, as to each of these decisions, I certainly have my own opinions, and those who know me know what they are. For the purposes of this conversation, my...