by Cantor David Frommer

Cantor David Frommer, of Congregation Sherith Israel, in San Francisco, asks in his sermon published by Tablet magazine prior to the sermon’s expected delivery, “Must we choose between truth and peace or can we have both?” For the full sermon, visit Tablet.

A man wanted to own a boat more than anything. His wife kept refusing, but he bought one anyway.

“I’ll tell you what,” he told her, “In the spirit of compromise, why don’t you name the boat?”

“I appreciate compromise,” she said, accepting his offer.

When her husband went to the dock for his maiden voyage, he saw the boat’s new name painted on its side. It read, “For sale.”

By just about every measure, from the anecdotal to the quantitative, this has been a historically stormy year for political (and sometimes by extension, marital) compromise. …

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