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I just celebrated a birthday last week, and while it wasn’t a big one, it’s getting close.  More than ever now,  I find myself a bit forgetful.  Family members and friends … more
With Pesach just three weeks away, I’ve begun the annual clean out the freezer and use up the chametz routine. It is not that easy to use up half-used boxes of pasta or cereal or oatmeal in … more
When the the Israelites pressed Aaron to make them an idol of gold, the Torah informs us: “And all the people broke off the golden rings which were in their ears and brought them unto … more
The laws regarding the korbanot are one of the major themes of sefer Vayikra. The Rambam discusses their underlying reasoning in two well-known passages found in his philosophic magnum opus, The … more
Mention the name “Celine” to most people in the United States—or Europe, for that matter—and they will think you’re talking about the long-serving Canadian pop diva. But … more
According to the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Party, Rep. Keith Ellison, his colleagues don’t care about his ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. … more
I don’t know if Wayne LaPierre is anti-Semitic. In many ways, I don’t care if Wayne LaPierre is anti-Semitic. But the executive vice president of the NRA gave a speech a couple of weeks … more
It’s funny how the moment Purim ends, the switch to Pesach is immediate. It’s not too early to start discussing specific components of the seder, such as charoset. Ben and Jerry’s … more
While Israel is mired in domestic scandals and coalition crises, the greatest threat the country has known since the eve of the Yom Kippur War — perhaps since the War for Independence — … more
It turns out that in some cases, the Trump administration can behave just like its predecessors. President Trump has been rightly accused of smashing precedents as commander-in-chief, and many of … more
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