Rabbi Sol Solomon’s mini-sermons, called RABBINICAL REFLECTIONS, air on the Dave’s Gone By radio program (Saturday mornings, http://www.UNCRadio.com). The texts of these pearls of wisdom are posted here chronologically. To hear the Rabbi intone them, click on the youtube links provided. Enjoy!
Reflection #145, 3/11/17: Purim Jokes 2017
Subject: Jokes and commentary.
Reflection #144, 3/5/17: Playboy
Subject: Playboy magazine brings back nudity.
#143, 1/8/17: Obama & the U.N.
Subject: The US abstains from a UN vote on Israel.
#142, 12/25/16: 2016 Farewell
Subject: A not-so-fond farewell to the year 2016.
Reflection #141, 11/6/16: Electile Dysfunction
Subject: Rabbi Sol Solomon chooses between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to make an endorsement for President.
Reflection #140, 6/12/16: 2016 Tonys
Subject: Broadway’s 2016 Tony Awards.
Reflection #139, 5/8/16: Donald Trump
Subject: Presumptive GOP candidate Donald Trump.
Reflection #138, 4/24/16: Shmura Matzohs
Subject: Passover’s best bread.
Reflection #137, 3/6/16: Astronaut Scott Kelly
Subject: Scott Kelly returns from outer space.
Reflection #136, 2/28/16: Hitler’s Junk
Subject: Adolf Hitler and hypospadias.
Reflection #135, 1/17/16: David Bowie
Subject: Remembering rock star David Bowie.
Reflection #134, 1/1/16: Farewell 2015
Subject: Rabbi Sol bids a New Year’s Eve farewell to 2015.
Reflection #133, 1/22/15: Word of the Year
Subject: Merriam-Webster’s picks its 2015 Word of the Year.
Reflection #132, 12/12/15: Hanukah Haiku
Subject: Celebrate Chanukah with tiny, yet festive, Japanese poems.
Reflection #131, 8/23/15: Jimmy Carter
Subject: The life of ailing U.S. president, Jimmy Carter.
Reflection #130, 8/2/15: Cecil the Lion
Subject: The killing of Cecil the endangered African lion by a rich American hunter.
Reflection #129, 7/12/15: With a Little Help
Subject: Rabbi Sol deconstructs The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
Reflection #128, 6/28/15: Scalia
Subject: The rulings of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Reflection #127, 6/21/15: Jenna Jameson
Subject: Former Porn actress Jenna Jameson is converting to Judaism.
Reflection #126, 6/7/15: The 2015 Tony Awards
Subject: Broadway’s 2014-15 Tony Awards.
Reflection #125, 5/24/15: Harry Shearer
Subject: Harry Shearer’s decision to leave “The Simpsons.”
Reflection #124, 5/9/15: What’s in a (Baby) Name?
Subject: The 2014 list of most popular baby names.
Reflection #123, 5/3/15: Subject: Popeyes
One franchise’s reaction to a robbery.
Reflection #122, 4/19/15: Campaign 2016
Subject: Hillary Clinton enters the 2016 presidential race.
Reflection #121, 4/5/15: Passover’s Plagues
Subject: The ten plagues of Pesach.
Reflection #120, 3/29/15: Bibi’s Back
Subject: The reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Reflection #119, 3/8/15: Dave’s 500th
Subject: Celebrating the 500th episode of the Dave’s Gone By radio program.
Reflection #118, 3/1/15: New Purim Jokes
Subject: Jewish jokes.
Reflection #117, 2/22/15: Subject: The 2015 Academy Awards nominees
Subject: Oscars 2015.
Reflection #116, 2/8/15: UC Dervish
Subject: The anti-Israel vote by the student council of UC Davis.
Reflection #115, 2/1/15: Letters, I Get Letters
Subject: Rabbi Sol responds to fan letters about rape and Islam.
Reflection #114, 1/11/15: Political Cartoons
Subject: The terrorist attack at Paris’s Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
Reflection #113, 12/21/14: Little Yomo and the Corned Beef Sandwich
Subject: A story for Chanukah.
Reflection #112, 12/7/14: Cos
Subject: The troubles facing comedian Bill Cosby.
Reflection #111, 11/23/14: Murder in Jerusalem
Subject: Just in time for Thanksgiving – terrorism in Jerusalem.
Reflection #110, 11/16/14: Christmas in November
Subject: The endless holiday season.
Reflection #109, 10/19/14: Ebola
Subject: The spreading Ebola virus.
Reflection #108, 9/28/14: OpiYum
Subject: The Chinese chef who made his noodles a little too tempting.
Reflection #107, 9/21/14: Gwyneth
Subject: Gwyneth Paltrow’s religious affiliation.
Reflection #106, 9/7/14: Uzi Does It
Subject: Little girls and big guns don’t mix.
Reflection #105, 8/31/14: Eventful August
Subject: A look back at a busy month.
Reflection #104, 8/3/14/: Going Great Guns in Gaza
Subject: The war against Hamas in Gaza.
Reflection #103, 7/5/14: Brothers’ Keepers
Subject: The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas,
Reflection #102, 6/8/14: The 2014 Tony Awards
Subject: Broadway’s 2013-14 Tony Awards.
Reflection #101, 5/25/14: Gabriel Diaz
Subject: Gabriel Diaz, New York City’s Nazi cabdriver.
Reflection #100, 5/18/14: Boko Haram
Subject: The kidnappers of the Boko Haram terrorist organization in Nigeria.
Reflection #99, 4/20/14: Utz vs. Butler
Subject: The case of the peed-in coffee pot.
Reflection #98, 3/30/14: Fred Phelps
Subject: The death of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps.
Reflection #97, 3/23/14: Hearing Voices
Subject: Crazy people doing crazier things.
Reflection #96, 3/16/14: Purim Jokes 2014
Subject: Jewish Jokes.
Reflection #95, 3/9/14: Upskirt
Subject: The new laws pertaining to upskirt photography.
Reflection #94, 3/1/14: Kiev
Subject: Political turmoil in the Ukraine.
Reflection #93, 2/2/14: RadioShack
Subject: The troubles of RadioShack.
Reflection #92, 2/16/14: Sochi
Subject: The winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Reflection #91, 2/8/14: SodaStream and ScarJo
Subject: Sodastream spokesperson and former Oxfam ambassador Scarlett Johansson.
Reflection #90, 2/1/14: Justin Bieber
Subject: The troubles of pop star Justin Bieber.
Reflection #89, 1/26/14: Hiroo Onoda
Subject: The death of Japanese World War II soldier Hiroo Onoda.
Reflection #88, 1/19/14: Ariel Sharon
Subject: The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Reflection #87, 1/12/14: Duck Amuck
Subject: The inflammatory statements of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
Reflection #86, 12/29/13: New Year 2014
Subject: The year gone by and the year ahead.
Reflection #85, 12/22/13: Passings in 2013
Subject: Notable passings in 2013.
Reflection #84, 12/8/13: Ronnie Smith in Benghazi
Subject: An American schoolteacher gunned down in Libya.
Reflection #83, 12/1/13: Thanksgiving Meets Chanukah
Subject: The rare confluence of two great holidays, Thanksgiving and Chanukah.
Reflection #82, 11/19/13: Crystal Spa
Subject: An unfortunate German advertisement.
Reflection #81, 11/10/13: Chocolate-Covered Chips
Subject: Lay’s rolls out its newest snack sensation.
Reflection #80, 11/3/13: Redskins
Subject: Changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team.
Reflection #79, 10/13/13: Motorcycle Mayhem
Subject: The recent biker gang melee on a New York highway.
Reflection #78, 10/6/13: Shutdown
Subject: The government’s budget shutdown.
Reflection #77, 9/29/13: Syria
Subject: Bashar al Assad’s poison gas attack on his own people.
Reflection #76, 9/8/13: Fast Food on Strike
Subject: Workers at fast-food restaurants are demanding better wages.
Reflection #75, 9/1/13: Egypt Again
Subject: The current chaos in Egypt.
Reflection #74, 8/18/13: Baby Messiah
Subject: A Tennessee judge forbids a couple from naming their baby Messiah.
Reflection #73, 7/28/13: Abortion in Texas
Subject: The new abortion legislation signed into law in Texas.
Reflection #72, 6/30/13: Shalom Dammit! in Greeley
Subject: The Rabbi brings his stage show to Greeley, Colorado in July.
Reflection #71, 6/23/13: Michael Karkoc
Subject: 94-year-old Nazi war criminal Michael Karkoc.
Reflection #70, 6/16/13: Michael Douglas
Subject: Michael Douglas and his HPV.
Reflection #69, 6/9/13: The Tonys 2013
Subject: The 2012-13 Broadway Tony Awards.
Reflection #68, 5/26/13
Subject: Angelina Jolie’s choice to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.
Reflection #67, 5/19/13: Tax Evasion
Subject: The IRS scandal.
Reflection #66, 5/12/13: Jodi on HLN
Subject: HLN’s coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial.
Reflection #65, 5/5/13: Joking Around
Subject: Jewish jokes.
Reflection #64, 4/21/13: The Brothers Tsarnaev and the “M” Word
Subject: The Boston Marathon bombing and its origins.
Reflection #63, 4/14/13: Jew in a Box
Subject: The Berlin Jewish Museum’s exhibit featuring a Jewish person displayed in a glass case.
Reflection #62, 4/7/13: Roger Ebert
Subject: Movie critic Roger Ebert fades into the sunset.
Reflection #61, 3/17/13: Sugar Sugar
Subject: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on oversized soft drinks.
Reflection #60, 3/10/13: Whose Line Returns
Subject: The return to TV of the improv comedy show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?”.
Reflection #59, 3/13/13: Disappearing Delis
Subject: The closing of Jewish and Kosher delicatessens in New York and around the country.
Reflection #58, 2/24/13: More Purim Jokes
Subject: Jewish jokes.
Reflection #57, 2/17/13: Pope Benedict Retires
Subject: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.
Reflection #56, 2/10/13: Valentine’s Day
Subject: How Valentine’s Day can bring out the love in all of us.
Reflection #55, 2/3/13: Oldies But Goodies
Subject: The resurgence of 1960s rock-and-roll legends in popular culture.
Reflection #54, 1/27/13: The Battle of Algiers
Subject: The hostage crisis in Algeria.
Reflection #53, 1/20/13: Lance Armstrong
Subject: Disgraced bicyclist Lance Armstrong confesses to doping.
Reflection #52, 1/13/13: Al Gorezeera
Subject: Al Gore sells Current TV to Al Jazeera.
Reflection #51, 12/30/12: 2012 Farewell
Subject: Rabbi Sol bids farewell to the old year, 2012.
Reflection #50, 12/23/12: Gun Control
Subject: Calls for gun control in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings.
Reflection #49, 12/16/12: Molest We Forget
Subject: Convicted child molester, Rabbi Nechemiah Weberman.
Reflection #48, 12/9/12: Chanukah
Subject: The Chanukah festival-of-lights holiday.
Reflection #47, 11/25/12: Gaza Gaza Hey
Subject: Israel versus the Palestinians in Gaza.
Reflection #46, 10/7/12: Anniversaries Gone By
Subject: Tenth anniversary of the radio program, Dave’s Gone By.
Reflection #45, 9/30/12, Subway Savagery
Subject: Controversial anti-terrorism ad in the New York City subway system.
Reflection #44, 9/23/12: Atonement
Subject: Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.
Reflection #43, 9/9/12: New Reviews
Subject: More rave reviews for the Rabbi’s live stage show in New York, Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon.
Reflection #42, 6/10/12: 2012 Tony Awards
Subject: the 2011-12 Broadway Tony Awards.
Reflection #41, 5/13/12: Arresting the Molesting
Subject: Sexual abuse of children in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Reflection #40, 4/9/12: Mezuzah Meshugah
Subject: A woman battles her co-op over hanging a mezuzah on her door.
Reflection #39, 3/25/12: Rave Reviews
Subject: Rabbi Sol kvells over the rave reviews for his live stage show, Shalom Dammit!.
Reflection #38, 2/19/12: Shalom Dammit! Live in NYC
Subject: Rabbi Sol promotes the New York City production of his live stage show, Shalom Dammit!.
Reflection #37, 2/5/12: More Jokes
#037 (2/5/12): More Jokes.
Reflection #35, 1/22/12: Gay Tel Aviv
Subject: Subject: Tolerance in Israel, as Tel Aviv is voted the best gay city in the world.
Reflection #34, 1/15/12: Mitt Romney
Subject: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Reflection #33, 12/17/11: Newt Gingrich
Subject: Newt Gingrich’s pro-Israeli stance.
Reflection #32, 12/11/11: Post Office
Subject: The U.S. Post Office raises its rates.
Reflection #31, 12/4/11: Coca Cola
Subject: Coca Cola makes a marketing gaffe.
Reflection #30, 11/27/11: Questions
Subject: Rabbi Sol Solomon mulls questions raised by his live stage show, Shalom Dammit!.
Reflection #29, 11/13/11: Shalom Dammit! Live
Subject: Rabbi Sol Solomon promotes his stage show, Shalom Dammit!.
Reflection #28, 11/6/11: Kardashian Divorce
Subject: Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kris Humphries.
Reflection #27, 10/30/11, Blackout
Subject: Snowstorms causing blackouts in Northern Colorado.
Reflection #26, 10/23/11: Blackout
Subject: Snowstorms causing blackouts in Northern Colorado.
Reflection #25, 10/2/11: Days of Awe
Subject: The days between the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Reflection #24, 9/25/11: Statehood?
Subject: The Palestinians’ request for statehood from the United Nations.
Reflection #23, 9/11/11: Ten Years
Subject: The tenth anniversary of September 11th.
Reflection #22, 8/27/11: Reb Levin
Subject: The homophobic comments of Orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Levin.
Reflection #21, 8/21/11: Downturn
Subject: Economic downturns and double-dip recessions.
Reflection #20, 7/3/11: July 4th
Subject: Celebrating Independence Day.
Reflection #19, 6/25/11: Ryan Dunn
Subject: The drunk driving death of “Jackass” performer Ryan Dunn.
Reflection #18, 6/19/11: Father’s Day
Subject: Honoring Father’s Day.
Reflection #17, 6/12/11: Tony Awards 2011
Subject: Broadway’s 2011 Tony Awards.
Reflection #16, 5/15/11: Israel’s Birthday
Subject: Israel’s 63rd birthday.
Reflection #15, 5/7/11: Dead! Dead! Dead!
Subject: The death of Osama bin Laden.
Reflection #14, 5/1/11: Royal Wedding
Subject: Hoopla over the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Reflection #13, 4/24/11: Easter
Subject: Easter Sunday.
Reflection #12, 4/10/11: Killer Whale
Subject: Tilikum, SeaWorld’s killer whale, lives up to its name.
Reflection #11, 4/3/11: Circumcisions
Subject: A proposed ban on circumcisions.
Reflection #10, 3/27/11: Tsunami Tweet
Subject: Gilbert Gottfried’s tweet about Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.
Reflection #9, 3/20/11: Purim Jokes
Subject: Jewish jokes.
Reflection #8, 3/13/11: Gas Prices
Subject: Gasoline prices.
Reflection #7, 3/6/11: The Pope
Subject: Pope Benedict’s new book about Jesus and the Jews.
Reflection #6, 2/27/11: Charlie Sheen
Subject: Subject: Charlie Sheen’s troubles with women, drugs and soundbytes.
Reflection #5, 2/20/11: Presidents Day
Subject: Washington’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, and Presidents Day in general.
Reflection #4, 2/13/11: Egypt
Subject: Political uprising and turmoil in Egypt.
Reflection #3, 1/30/11: Taco Bell
Subject: The Taco Bell restaurant lawsuit.
Reflection #2, 1/23/11: Regis Philbin
Subject: Regis Philbin leaves television’s “Regis and Kelly.”
Reflection #1, 1/16/11: MLK
Subject: Martin Luther King Day.