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Billy Joel’s decision to sport a yellow star on the front and back of his jacket during a concert last week was a nod to history that the singer may not have been aware of. The venue for the … more
There probably has never been an easier path to consensus for the three major non-Orthodox rabbinic associations. The decision of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), the Rabbinical … more
The U.S. government’s reluctance to demand the immediate creation of a Palestinian state has sent J Street into a panic. With its candidates having been defeated … more
As I write this, I sense that sad and wistful feeling that sneaks in every year when summer’s end is just around the corner. I got it as an 8 year old, when Labor Day … more
I recently read a vignette which touched me: A fellow, on his way home, saw a Little League baseball game being played in a park. Sitting down on the sidelines to watch … more
In Devarim 22:13-21, we find two related circumstances that are both very disturbing from a contemporary vantage point. The first concerns a man who marries a woman and then claims she was not a … more
This week marks the sheloshim anniversary of the untimely passing last month, right after Tisha B’ Av, of the world famous Holocaust historian and theologian, Rabbi Dr. Pesach Schindler, … more
We live in a time when, as the U.S. State Department has noted, a “rising tide of anti-Semitism” is sweeping the world. In the West, it is creeping into the mainstream from the margins of … more
Jews are asking if we’re back in the 1920s. To me, the scene outside a Charlottesville synagogue is more like Odessa in 1905. Across from the synagogue stood three white supremacists with … more
For a few years now, I’ve been bothered by the “Alt-left” and the hypocritical silence of the liberal community toward it. I fail to understand how people rationalize its extremism, … more
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