Ukraine and UsLike many other countries, ours included, Ukraine has the bad fortune of having to live in a very bad neighborhood. Still Ukraine holds a very prominent place in the sad and unreasonable story of the oppression of the Jews.
A Sad, Sad WorldLarge parts of the world and of its billions of people are enveloped in sadness, violence, injustice and death.
Requiem for a MovementThere is a dangerous trend that exists in the fringes of the Modern Orthodox Jewish world to imitate the errors of the Conservative movement.
Promises, PromisesAny voter with a modicum of sense knows or should know not to believe in the promises of political candidates.
Old MagazinesRead the magazines of the Oslo era and weep. Events on the ground truly mock the past wisdom of journalistic experts.
Ezekiel and the Middle EastThe biblical prophet predicts an awful war of bloodshed in Syria, Babylonia (Iraq), Yemen and Arabia. Libya and Egypt will also be beset by civil war, much bloodshed and death, and economic deprivation.
After the HolidaysIsraelis use the expression "after the holidays" to postpone doing things during the month of Tishrei and wish one another a "good winter" at the end of Sukkot, whether they are sweltering in the heat or not.
A Permanent SukkahThe sukkah built of Torah and tradition, family and community, is what protected the Jews through the ages.
Undoing the PastThe past is prejudicially judged by the current standards of behavior and probity.
Ekev: Cause and EffectAll attempts to accommodate eternal Jewish practices and values to fit current fads and societal norms, have ended in abysmal failure.
Chief Rabbinate: Career or CallingIs the Chief Rabbinate a career that affords monetary benefits and power or is it a spiritual calling to be approached with humility and trepidation.
The Structure of Jewish LifeThe Torah in this week’s parsha, in order to help and guide us, gives us a formula to achieve the elusive goal of contentment
Realizing Society's ShortcomingsAren't the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah talking about impossible demands? The problems they discuss have plagues society form time immemorial.
The Messenger and the MessageShooting the messenger and disregarding the message is the norm here but it is a dangerous and very self-defeating norm.
Altruism over Personal GainThe struggle to include others – family, community, fellow Jews and human beings generally – into our worldview is the story of our lives and existence. Our leaders are no different.
The High Priest's TaskAharon’s general role in Jewish society served to remind all of the real purpose of the Temple.
Jerusalem Day MemoriesSince 1967 Israel gave away Sinai, Gaza, much of the 'West Bank', the Temple Mount, recognized the establishment of a state, fought many wars and endured continuing terrorist attacks, signed a number of meaningless agreements, all fruitless.
Jewish DestinyJewish history is not to be seen as a random occurrence of events.
Credit CardsIn Avot we are informed that this world is likened to a magnificent store, full of all sorts of goods that one can purchase and enjoy. But payment is regularly exacted.
Moses' Absence Moses' absence, which after all was occasioned by a command from God, was not really the main problem that troubled the Jewish people.
TaxesParshat Truma is a good time to discuss the idea of taxes.
The Message of the Book of GenesisThis perseverance of family building, in spite of all of the disappointments inherent in that task, is the reason for the book of Bereshit.
Defining One's Self - Crucial to Conflict ResolutionProspects forresolution of the Israeli-Arab dispute in the near future remain unlikely. It is not only that we don’t have a partner. It is that our proposed partner does not know what his goals are except for the destruction of the State of Israel