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In Pursuit Of True Happiness

23 Adar I 5776 – March 2, 2016
“A truly happy person does not allow his happiness to be dependent on any external factor over which he may not have control.” (Chachmah Umussar, vol. 2, pp. 331-2)

Justice Scalia As Talmudic Scholar

16 Adar I 5776 – February 24, 2016
“Talmudic sages believed that judges who accepted bribes would be punished by eventually losing all knowledge of the divine law.”

Letters From Israel – Left And Right

8 Adar I 5776 – February 17, 2016
This is not to say the Palestinians are blameless or justified in the ongoing conflict – far from it – but we are the ones with the power and our government has managed to destroy any hope on either side for a solution.

The Motherhood Of Freida Sima

2 Adar I 5776 – February 10, 2016
Insisting on a traditional Jewish home, Freida Sima reached a compromise with her communist husband: he would not interfere in household matters of religion while she would turn a blind eye to whatever he would do outside the home.

Dr. Seuss And The Jews

25 Shevat 5776 – February 3, 2016
Seuss’s wartime cartoons denounced American discrimination against Jews and called attention to the early stages of the Holocaust.

Yitro’s Surprising Influence

18 Shevat 5776 – January 27, 2016
Yitro, on the other hand, arrived at the truth through a very different set of circumstances. He had devoted his entire life to idolatry, only to later realize the futility of his efforts.

The Secret Of The Fifteenth Day

11 Shevat 5776 – January 20, 2016
In fact, all the Yomim Tovim that fall on the fifteenth of the month represent instances of t’chias hamaisim.

The Marriage Of Freida Sima

4 Shevat 5776 – January 13, 2016
Freida Sima pulled her hand back in shock. “Married?” she shouted. “This is how you are asking me to marry you?”

‘Getcha’: The Misguided FBI Agunah ‘Sting’

25 Tevet 5776 – January 6, 2016
Payment was not, apparently, an essential ingredient in the allegedly criminal conduct the FBI intended to punish if the “Getcha Sting” had succeeded in luring participants into a “forced Get.”

The Eye Sees, The Ear Hears

19 Tevet 5776 – December 30, 2015
Perhaps we were better off when we were less sophisticated and just lived with emunah peshutah.

President Taft And The Jews: A Remarkable Friendship

12 Tevet 5776 – December 23, 2015
William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was the only American president to also sit on the Supreme Court. The Republican was an effective administrator but a...

The Courtship Of Freida Sima

5 Tevet 5776 – December 16, 2015
After several dates, when she sensed the “chicken killer” was about to propose, my grandmother beat a hasty retreat, remarking to her aunts that one day longer with him and she would have become a vegetarian.

Chanukah And The Struggle For The Jewish Soul

28 Kislev 5776 – December 9, 2015
Chanukah tells of a powerful story of light over darkness, when a small Hasmonean band of Jewish soldiers defeated a vastly larger, better trained,...

What Is Darkness?

21 Kislev 5776 – December 2, 2015
On Chanukah it is we who provide the illumination. We cause light to come into the world. Darkness forces us, so to speak, to search for the Source of the eternal light emanating from the Creator.

Kissinger: A Jew In The King’s Court

14 Kislev 5776 – November 25, 2015
Kissinger was viewed by many as a self-hating Jew who turned on his father and his people by consistently acting in a manner inimical to Jewish interests.

The Immigration Of Freida Sima

7 Kislev 5776 – November 18, 2015
“Remember, you are sixteen!” she said, reminding her of the cutoff for unaccompanied passengers wishing to work in America.

Hineni – Here I Am, Praised Be Hashem

30 Heshvan 5776 – November 11, 2015
Prayers are the mighty and powerful weapons of the Jewish people. There is no substitute for our weapons, our prayers.

Qualities I Look For In A Rabbi

23 Heshvan 5776 – November 4, 2015
I’ve learned that though pulpit rabbis all have basic roles, they can be as diverse in their calling as they are in their personalities.

A Titanic Jewish Love Story

16 Heshvan 5776 – October 28, 2015
At a time when many Jews changed their names and joined churches to deflect anti-Semitism and to facilitate assimilation into American society, Isidor did not deny his heritage; indeed, he embraced it.

WNYC And The ‘Too Jewish’ Jews

9 Heshvan 5776 – October 21, 2015
The target of her investigation is the Orthodox community, and WNYC’s denying it an equal voice to defend itself was unfair – and bad journalism to boot.

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