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Hakarat Hatov – More Than ‘Thank You’

15 Nisan 5773 – March 25, 2013
Last year, not long before Passover was to begin and my thoughts were already on the coming Seders and great drama we would be observing, I happened to be just outside a building when I observed the following small scene unfold before me.

The Meaning Of Our Redemption

9 Nisan 5773 – March 20, 2013
“Therefore we are obligated to give thanks…to the One Who performed all these miracles for our forefathers and for us. He took us out from slavery to freedom…and from servitude to redemption.” – Haggadah shel Pesach

How Shrinking Families Are Destroying Our Planet

3 Nisan 5773 – March 13, 2013
My wife was called for jury duty when she was pregnant with our fourth child. Since her due date was looming, her doctor wrote a letter to the court, asking for an exemption. When I went to the courthouse office to deliver the letter, I was taken aback by how long the line was.

Some Radical Ideas

24 Adar 5773 – March 6, 2013
“Radical,” from the Latin word for “root,” means going to the foundation. The foundation is what we have to think about when celebrating a simcha. Instead of peripheral concerns – photographing the proceedings, for example – we should attend to the meaning of the event.

Think You’re Busy Preparing For Pesach?

18 Adar 5773 – February 27, 2013
Those of you who feel the way I do will immediately relate to this: I hate having to listen to pedantic women discuss their Pesach cleaning before Tu B’Shevat is even a blip on the horizon.

Road To Nowhere

11 Adar 5773 – February 20, 2013
“In those days, when King Achashveirosh sat on his royal throne which was in Shushan the capital, in the third year of his reign, he made a feast for all his officials and servants, the army of Persia and Medea; the nobles and officials of the provinces being present, when he displayed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his splendorous majesty for many days, a hundred and eighty days.

Ed Koch and New York’s Fighting Generation

4 Adar 5773 – February 13, 2013
Most obituaries on Ed Koch paid scant attention to his military service in World War II.
Rabbi Norman Lamm

Reflections on the Divine Image

27 Shevat 5773 – February 6, 2013
What does it mean when we say that man was created in the image of God?

Jew Without A Gun

20 Shevat 5773 – January 30, 2013
With the debate over gun control at fever pitch following the atrocity in Newtown, Connecticut, I thought readers of The Jewish Press would find the following account of my experience during the Los Angeles riots of 1992 both timely and interesting.

Video Violence And The Slaughter Of Children

13 Shevat 5773 – January 23, 2013
Murderous violence has been with us since the generation after Adam and Eve first trudged, ashamed and burdened, east of Eden, banished from the Garden because of their disobedience. Few things through the ages have defined us so much as our ability to visit horrific cruelty upon our fellows.
A Map of Eretz Israel during the Roman Empire

What Judea & Samaria Mean to the Jewish People

6 Shevat 5773 – January 17, 2013
For Jews, the ancient tribal territories of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and west Menasheh – a.k.a. Judea and Samaria or the West Bank – form the very heartland of the homeland.

Reflections Of A Former Bronx Hoopster

22 Tevet 5773 – January 3, 2013
In the introduction to their recently published Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy hyperbolically describe American basketball between the world wars as a “majority-owned subsidiary of New York Jewish culture.”

The Enduring Power Of Orthodoxy

14 Tevet 5773 – December 26, 2012
In 1964 the eminent sociologist Marshall Sklare declared Orthodoxy to be irrelevant. His view was that Conservative Judaism was the wave of the future in America.

Chaim Kaminetzky – Zecher Tzaddik Leverachah

7 Tevet 5773 – December 19, 2012
I’ve always wondered what factors determine whether one gets a z”l suffix (zichrono leverachah) or a zt”l (zecher tzaddik leverachah) after he’s passed on. I know of no objective standard, or of any official sanctioning board that makes these decisions. In my understanding, the term zt”l is exclusively reserved for luminaries who have benefited their generation with their exemplary deeds and accomplishments.

A Match Lit In Heaven

29 Kislev 5773 – December 12, 2012
Whatever the state of world affairs or shift in political winds, one thing remains a constant in our lives: the quest for shidduchim. There is no family or individual among us who does not know at any given time of someone in search of his or her destined life partner; yet too often the hunt is fraught with complexities and accompanied by sleepless nights and a furrowed brow.

The Maccabees’ Response To ‘World Opinion’

22 Kislev 5773 – December 5, 2012
“Israel has bad public relations.” This is the perennial cry. “Israel must improve its image to convince the world of the justness of its cause.”

Why Americans Support Israel

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
As Israeli air strikes and naval shells bombarded Gaza last week, the world asked the question that perennially frustrates, confuses and enrages so many people across the planet: Why aren’t the Americans hating on Israel more?

The Jewish Vote: Same Old, Same Old

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
In the wake of the presidential election, American Jews must once again ask a fundamental question that seems to defy both societal trends and a clear resolution: why do Jews overwhelmingly support the Democratic candidate, year after year, election after election?

The Legacy Of Rav Aharon Kotler

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
As we commemorate the fiftieth yahrzeit this Friday, the second day of Kislev, of Rav Aaron Kotler – the greatest Jew, in the opinion of even many of his fellow Torah luminaries, ever to set foot on North American soil – we are obligated to reflect on his achievements and the lessons he taught.

What Happens To The Children?

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 7, 2012
The marriage is ending. Let’s start with some facts. In the general population, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce within 10 years. Sixty percent of divorces occur among couples between the ages of 25-39. More than a million children are affected by divorce per year. Half of these children will grow up in families where the parents stay angry and resentful toward each other.

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