From the Baltimore Jewish Times, November 7, 1986

our resolutions--must be touched not
                                                               only by dreams of what might be, but also
                                                               by an awareness of how things are.

The Biblical prophets teach of this ten-
sion between dream and reality.  They
speak of swords changed to ploughshares,
                                                               and spears to pruning hooks.  But they
                                                               also teach that ploughshares must
                                                               sometimes become swords, and pruning
                                                               hooks change to spears. [Joel]

     The challenge before us is to hold onto
                                                               tomorrow's dreams, but to struggle with
                                                               today's reality: to learn from faith that
                                                               dreams must give plans and actions
but to learn from life that reality must give
                                                                  The challenge is to hold onto world
                                                               dreams, but not to live in dream worlds.
  Malka Resnicoff sports a reminder          
There is a story about a zookeeper who
  of her father's trip to Reykjavik.              
opened a cage where a lion and lamb were
lying down together, true to the Biblical
                                                               promise.  After some days, a reporter
                                                               pressed him for his secret.  "It's easy," he
Small Steps
Big Dream

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff delivered the
following sermon at his Yom Kippur
service in Iceland, during the summit
talks last month between Ronald Reagan
and Mikhail Gorbachev.

For individuals and for peoples. Yom
Kippur brings a message, a challenge, and
a warning.
  The message is that
we can change--
and, through our actions, we can affect
and change the world.  The challenge is
we must change; break free from the
past, and build a better future.  The warn-
ing is that
change will not be easy: the
world is not perfect, and we cannot act
as if it is.  It is filled with the bad, along
with the good.  And so our goals--and
answered.  "Every morning we put in a
new lamb."
   We cannot make peace with the lions
of the world, or the bears, if the price of
that peace is sacrificing lamb after lamb:
if the cost is abandoning nations threat-
ened by aggression from other powers, or
peoples deprived of freedoms and human
rights within their own lands.
   We cannot think the world is so good
that our strength no longer matters.  And
yet we must hope that nations see that
terrible strength brings its own terrible
danger.  From Samson we learn that
power which destroys an enemy may mean our own death, as well.  "Mutual Assured
destruction" is not just a modern idea.
   And so we must strive, as individuals
and as nations, to be strong enough to
keep our dreams, and brave enough to
take those first small steps, so that the
long and difficult journey might still re-
main a possibility.
   It is appropriate--indeed, perhaps
providential--that the US-USSR meeting
was scheduled for these Jewish High
Holy Days.  For Jewish dreams are in
the air, and the Jewish challenge of Yom
Kippur is on our minds.
   May the prayers and dreams of Yom
Kippur touch us all, so that we each
might take some small step in our own lives:
so that we make some contribution
in the year ahead to goodness and right-
eousness in our communities.
   And may our prayers and dreams touch
world leaders, as well: so that, with no
wishful thinking, their thinking might
nevertheless be filled with wishes--and
with vision: wishes for freedom; visions
of peace.
   May the world remember Iceland as the
place, and Yom Kippur as the time, when
we took one small step toward the
biggest dreams of all.

Click here
for Congressional Record
October 9, 1986
"Navy Rabbi Joins Iceland Team"