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To Avenge Or Not To Avenge: That Is The Question

The search for perfect justice is not for us, here, now. It is – as Moses taught the Israelites in the great song he sang at the end of his life – something that faith demands we leave to G-d, who alone knows the human heart, who alone knows what is just in a world of conflicting claims, and who will establish perfect justice at a time, and in a way, of His choosing, not ours.

The Intrigue Of The Akeidah

I would like to suggest another approach to the akeidah narrative, one that perhaps ties the essence of the akeidah to Rosh Hashanah, and is alluded to within the tefillah itself.

An Opportunity To Recreate Ourselves (Part II)

Rosh Hashanah is here again. How will you pray this time? Will you reunite with your Heavenly Father this year? Will your visit with Him have meaning, or will it be “same old, same old”?

Who By Water

I attempted to look at the words more metaphorically: Who shall be tormented by the fire of ambition … who shall hunger for companionship … who shall thirst for approval … who shall be strangled by insecurity … who shall be plagued by the pressures of conformity. It made more sense to me that way, as it broadened the scope of the potential universe.

The Scholarship Of David Fuchs

Aside from just seeing his name associated with the Koren liturgical works there is a very special person behind the name David Fuchs whose biography will be the subject of this week’s essay.

Teshuvah Is Easy; Change Is Difficult

Clearly, the sin was forgiven, so why couldn’t the Jews look at Moshe’s face?

Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin, And Eggs

On the night immediately following the 29th day of Elul and on the 30th day of Elul itself, people hedged their bets. They ceased work, went to the synagogue, recited the Rosh Hashanah prayers and blew the shofar, all in a tentative state of mind.

Li’l Abner vs. Peanuts: ‘Drawing’ At Ten Paces

Capp further laced his comments with criticism of Schulz’s endorsements and sponsorships, which was particularly ironic given Capp’s own licensing and merchandising juggernaut.

Conveying Talmudic Concepts In A User-Friendly Format: An Interview with Author Raphael Grunfeld

The Jewish Press: In addition to your weekly Jewish Press columns on Talmud and Choshen Mishpat, you’ve written two books – Ner Eyal 1:...

This Rosh Hashanah, I Count My Blessings

On September 2, right after reciting Havdalah, I received a call informing me that New York State Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz had died after a battle...

Another Deceptive Landslide For The Mayor

This is more significant than ever before inasmuch as the mayor seems intent on making the election campaign a referendum on President Trump’s political agenda rather than his own record in office.

Washington’s New Conciliatory Mood: Reality Or Façade?

It stands to reason that there are going to be some policy issues that defy compromise more than others – perhaps to the point of preclusion – even in a town ordinarily driven by last-minute compromises.

Keeping Our Eyes Open

Why are our concerns during the rest of the year limited to ourselves and our close family, to our own narrow social group and to our immediate geographical environment?

Innocence

Each one of us no matter where we live, our gender, our nationality or the social circles we live in, have worries.

Teenagers: Be Honest, Gain Confidence, Make Lifelong Friends

How much of yourself can you reveal to your friends? How much do you hide because you fear rejection?

The High Holidays

When buying clothing for your children, make sure they want to wear those outfits, and it’s not just you who wants them to wear them.

Squeezed From Both Sides

While flying Confederate flags may or may not indicate white supremacist proclivities, let alone a penchant for violence, the burning of American flags by antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors almost always signals a hatred for what America stands for.

The Rubashkin Saga – V

These PETA people are not Orthodox Jews. So, why would they so strongly criticize a kosher packing plant for what they believe to be violations of kosher practice? They are using tactics similar to the Nazis.

A Shofar In The Forest

They had succeeded in learning without books, since one man knew the first half of the Ketzos by heart and another knew the second half.

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