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The man with the best chance to be the first Jewish president of the United States is someone who thinks the prime minister of Israel is a racist. To say that is not to predict that Vermont … more
In commentary on Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s denigrating of Jews, a vital dimension of her outbursts has been largely overlooked. Pundits have seen her motivation as a deliberate rejection … more
Some liberal American Jewish organizations are urging President Trump to oppose Israeli annexation of any part of Judea and Samaria. Some conservative Jewish organizations are urging the … more
Whether it’s a white supremacist targeting praying Jews, blacks or Muslims, or an Islamic radical committed to killing Christians on Easter Sunday, it has become very trendy … more
One of the most celebrated mitzvot of our parasha is “v’ahavta l’reiacha kamocha” — “and you shall love your fellow like yourself” (Vayikra 19:18). … more
Something fundamental happens at the beginning of Kedoshim, and the story is one of the greatest, if rarely acknowledged, contributions of Judaism to the world. Until now, Vayikra has been … more
I love visiting residences for senior citizens. For one thing, being around truly older people invariably helps me feel young by comparison. Recently, I was a weekend guest scholar at such a … more
One of the more strange rituals discussed in Kedoshim is the Molech. There is a debate as to what it was and what purpose it served, but this is how the Torah begins the instructions concerning … more
Recently, on a Pesach program, an elderly gentleman named Yaakov Gross asked a few of us if he could speak before the Yizkor service. He wanted to share the story of his bar mitzvah in the … more
This year’s spring edition of Ohr HaTzafon, by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz of North Woodmere, features a lucid translation and commentary on the Haggadah that is dedicated to the memories and … more
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