Tales of Faith, Fun and Football
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Rabbi Solomon Schiff was born amid the tenements of Brooklyn, grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust and, in 1954, stepped onto his first pulpit in Dubuque, Iowa— where a congregant remarked with a grin, “Rabbi, we didn’t know what sin was until you came to town.” From that day forward—and throughout the course of his distinguished 63-year career—Rabbi Solomon Schiff has continued to touch hearts, enrich minds and always provoke laughter.
In this long-awaited memoir, Sol Schiff recaptures his remarkable journey from local cantor in a Bronx Synagogue to world-renown rabbi, whose devotion to community service and interfaith relations has made him a beacon of inspiration for millions of all faiths. He has shared thoughts with five American presidents, three Israeli Prime Ministers, two Popes and the Dalai Lama, along the way collecting a treasure chest of memories—from delivering the invocation on the floor of the U.S. Senate to his life-changing relocation to Florida with his beloved wife Shirley, where he would develop a deep and charming obsession with the Miami Dolphins.
Rabbi Solomon Schiff-
After the first sermon I ever gave as a rabbi, a little old lady said to me, “Rabbi, your sermons are beautiful. You should have them published,” to which I responded, “Maybe they will be published posthumously.” The woman replied, “Oh, I hope it will be real soon."