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If there is one issue on which there ought to be a political consensus even in an era of almost unprecedented partisan division, it should be opposition to anti-Semitism. Yet a dispute over whether … more
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in the midst of one of his periodic bouts of Israel-hatred, lashing out at the Jewish state and its leaders with all the insults (“Nazi,” … more
It is grilling, barbecuing, and smoking time. Nothing says summer like a grilled burger or some smoked chicken or barbecued brisket. Grilling is the oldest form of cooking. Once fire was … more
I’ll admit, I procrastinate at times, but my husband Jerry makes me look like an amateur. Each Sunday, I try to get him to the gym at a reasonable hour, so he’ll have time to enjoy a … more
After officially inaugurating the Levites, and having them go through a unique purification process, G-d told Moshe, “This is [the rule] regarding the Levites: Beginning at the age of 25, they … more
Our son Yair, after a grueling process, was recently accepted into an elite unit within the paratroopers, and we were invited after two months to visit his base for a special “parents’ … more
Of Moshe than we have encountered before. Instead of the brave advocate of the Jewish people and undaunted servant of Hashem, we are met with a morose and despondent Moshe on the cusp of complete … more
One of my uncles, who was quite overweight, was told by his doctor that he must go on a strict diet. The doctor prescribed to help him in his weight loss program. Several months passed and my uncle … more
First on my list is a revised edition of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s “The Lonely Man of Faith” by Rabbi Reuven Ziegler. In a previous essay on this precious work, Rabbi Dr. … more
Our parasha, Naso, is the source of Birkat Kohanim, one of the most stirring acts in our prayer experience. Nearly anyone who has witnessed this tefilah senses its drama and … more
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