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Rabbi Samuel April
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Rabbi April is the author of The Demythification and Demystification of the Bible, a winner of the 2013 International Book Awards.

Rabbi April is a member of the national Rabbinical Assembly of America, a past president of the North Broward Board of Rabbis, a former ethics committee chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Board of Rabbis, and a television and radio contributor of the Greater Miami Rabbinical Association.

Rabbi April graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in political science, winning the senior debating award, and received his M.A. from Columbia University in the field of educational psychology. He was ordained at Hebron Theological Seminary by Chief Rabbi of Israel, Isaac Halevi Herzog. He has served as spiritual leader for 10 years for congregations in greater Philadelphia, and for over 28 years in southern Florida.

Rabbi April and his wife Judith are the proud parents of two children and the devoted grandparents of seven grandchildren. They reside in Boca Raton, Fla.

Entries by Rabbi Samuel April

The Importance of a Reasoned Faith

(23) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Excluding the billion and a half communists, most of the world's 6 billion plus population unabashedly declares its belief in a Supreme Being. The problem for the vast majority of those people is whether there is Divine Providence in the world. Most rational persons choose to believe in a Creator...

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The Druze, the Debt Reduction and the Future of Our Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 6:28 AM

There is a little known people called the Druze, their religion an offshoot of Islam, residing in parts of Lebanon, Syria and Israel. What makes them unique is that they adapt to the country in which they live; in Israel, they support the Jewish state, in Syria, the Arab country....

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Class Warfare?: No Class, No War, No Fair

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 4:43 PM

The president has been accused of class warfare for trying to raise the taxes on the wealthy. His reply was "This is not class warfare, this is math." My observation is a switch on the old "Holy Roman Empire" critique ("It isn't Holy, it's not Roman and it's no Empire"):...

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Rosh Hashanah: Remembrance and Renewal

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 10:02 AM

We have just observed the 10th anniversary of 9/11; in less than three months, we shall mark the 70th year since Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt referred to December 7th, 1941, as a "date that will live in infamy." Both solemn occasions call for more than memory; they cry...

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Compromise is Made of Mutual Concessions

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 12:15 PM

The Bible relates a fantastic story going back over five millennia ago. Babylon had subjugated Sumer and wanted to build the highest structure in the world. They called it the tower of Babel. In their Semitic language it meant "gate of God." To the non-Semitic Sumerians it connoted "babbling" onomatopoeically....

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Prophecy and the Modern Media

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 9:11 AM

There it was on the cover of Time Magazine, dated July 25, 2011, in big, bold red letters: "The End of the World!" Perhaps Harold Camping was partially correct in his prediction. He said May 21, 2011 would mark the end of the world. He missed it by two months,...

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So Why Are We Still in Afghanistan?

(6) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM

"Too few, too late" was the majority's reaction to President Obama's reduction of surge forces in Afghanistan. As of today, he has promised to remove 10,000 troops by the end of this year and an additional amount by the end of 2012, leaving 68,000 in the country. Why? For years,...

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After The Arab Spring -- What Fall?

(2) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 11:52 AM

For over two and a half months, NATO forces have been bombarding Libya, ostensibly to protect its citizen protestors, undeniably to topple Gaddafi. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been massacring thousands of his countrymen; countless others have sought to escape his clutches by seeking asylum in foreign nations. Yemen is...

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The Rebuke

(36) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 9:41 PM

Just as President Obama was riding the crest of his newly re-energized popularity from capturing Osama bin Laden came "the rebuke." Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was seen publicly rebuking the American president on his home turf after Mr. Obama had called for "the return to the pre-1967 borders" to...

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Patriarchs and Presidents

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 5:19 PM

There are only three Patriarchs named in the Bible: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In the two millennia, from the creation of Adam until the birth of Abraham, only Enoch and Noah were called righteous men. Yet, even they both failed the ultimate test of leadership. They cared only for their...

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Today's 10 Plagues

(24) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 11:13 AM

Two earth-shaking events have dominated the headlines lately. First, the riots and rebellions in the Arab world, starting with Tunisia, spreading to Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and now, unrest growing in Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia -- man-made disasters. Second, the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan -- catastrophes...

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