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Rabbi's Message
Jerry Cutler

The Four Cups of Wine Aren't Just Four Cups

The rabbis of the Talmud created the idea of four cups because they noted that there were four expressions of redemption early in the Exodus story.  In Exodus 6:6-7, God promises the Israelites... "I will bring you out;" "I will deliver you;" "I will redeem you;" and "I will take you."  In our time, we could imagine that each promise & each cup of wine represents current groups that need to be "brought out, delivered, redeemed, or taken out." 

Rabbis for Human Rights (an Israeli social justice group) suggests the following way for interpreting the cups this year.   As we consider the first cup of wine for this year's Seder, we envision America as a true "land of the free" - where everyone has a standard of living adequate for health and well being of him/herself and of his/her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services (from Article 25 of the Declaration of Human Rights).

As we consider the second cup of wine, we envision modern Israel as a country that fosters development for the benefit of all its inhabitants. We envision an Israel that is "based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel," an Israel that "will ensure the complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants" (from the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel, 1948).

And as we consider the third cup of wine, we envision a world where everyone has work and where everyone receives equal pay for equal work. We envision a world where everyone also can enjoy rest and leisure, and periodic holidays with pay (adapted from Articles 23 and 24 of the Declaration of Human Rights).

For our fourth cup, we will dream.  We will hope for a world where no one is held in slavery or servitude... a world without sweatshop laborers, where all workers are able to make a fair wage, regardless of which country they are born.  We pray for a world where all products are fairly traded, and no one country or financial institution can dictate trade policies (adapted from Article 4 of the Declaration of Human Rights).  
Four cups for four visions of a renewed world!  

L'chaim - To Life!

Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler
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Arne's Corner

         2018 and for certain, nothing ever changes..........

                AT THE U.N., Syria bombs civilians with chlorine gas, China tortures dissidents, Venezuela restricts access to food, Burma is involved in ethnic cleansing of a Muslim minority. North Korea is up to it's eyebrows in atrocities. So naturally the U.N. Human Rights Security Council directs the bulk of it's outrage on . . .Israel. The UNHRC recently approved five resolutions condemning Israel, as it has done every year since it's inception. Only the U.S. and Australia voted against the anti-Israel resolutions.

                The lesson is that the council is a corrupt body that the U.S. would be better to leave. The Bush administration voted against its creation in 2006, the Obama administration joined in 2009. Now, In 2018, U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged the Trump administration to "vamoose".  She's right.

 Arnold Charitan
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Fed Raises Rates: What This Means for Mortgages

The Federal Reserve last week voted to raise its short-term interest rates, likely resulting in more mortgage rate increases. The Fed's rates are not directly tied to mortgage rates but tend to follow 10-year Treasury bonds. However, mortgage rates are often influenced by the Fed's rates.
The Fed increased its federal fund rate from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, which is the highest level since 2008. The Fed's move marks the first of what many economists predict will be three rate hikes this year. Some economists are predicting the federal funds rate to be at 2.1 percent by the end of the year.
"Mortgage rates do not move one-on-one with the Fed tightening, but clearly consumers should anticipate higher mortgage rates as time proceeds," says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist.
Mortgage rate hikes have already become a nearly weekly occurrence in 2018. Mortgage rates have risen every week since the start of the year, with last week being the exception.

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Final Portrait

Final Portrait

Review From the Pew
By Rabbi Jerry Ram Cutler

Picture this. The next annual Oscar telecast presenting Oscars in the following categories.....

Best Costumes; Best Sound Editing; Best Film Editing; Best Short Subject; Best Title Writing; Best Assistant Director; Best Dance Direction and Best Engineering Effects. No best actor, director screenplay, movie categories and no star celebrities to introduce them.

Granted the Oscar presentations will be over in record time but 99% of the viewing audience would not be watching. Conversely, with those categories excluded, the Oscars would be mercilessly shorter and boredom would be a thing of the past....unfortunately, not of the immediate past.
That's how I felt a most laborious 90 minute screening of "Final Portrait." With pedigree actors such as Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer and a shamefully wasted Tony Shalhoub, the Writing and Direction credits are attributed to one of my favorite actors, Stanley Tucci.

At the outset, James Lord (Hammer) an American writer and art devote' visiting France, is asked to sit for a portrait by his friend the renowned artist and sculptor, Alberto Giacometti.

Honored by the request, Lord accepts with the caveat that he must leave very soon and fly back to America. The iconic artist guarantees Lord that he will be finished before he departs for New York.

However, the master artist inspects every detail of his work and being a perfectionist, if there is the slightest brush movement that displeases him, he will tediously work to fix it to his liking.

Much to his friend's chagrin, Alberto keeps working on the portrait as Lord must constantly delay his departure. The nights are filled with drinking at various clubs with Giacometti openly cavorting with a prostitute the beautiful Caroline (Clemence Poesy) his muse, model and lover.  His actions are not lost on his patient and forlorn wife (Sylvie Testud).

Unfortunately, Mr. Tucci is content to write and direct his film without any highlights or character driven uplifting scenes. He is dedicated to his script and apparently wants to center his creativity on the characters.  But, I believe, movie characters, as in real life situations, should be interesting enough for the audience to either relate or be totally consumed with his or her persona. Sadly, it's lacking.

And because of that, 90 minutes seems to be much longer than it should - like the Oscars.

2 Bagels out of 4

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