Morris Shapiro

Setting Limits

04/30/2008
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.

Right before World War II, the renowned Rabbi Morris Shapiro delivered this verdict on American Jewry — it has learned to make Kiddush, he said, but it has not yet learned how to make Havdalah. In other words, America understands the blessing over the wine, the blessing of abundance, but the blessing for the end of Shabbat, the blessing of limitation, of distinction, is not yet understood.

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