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First Sharon, Second Sharon

26 Shevat 5774 – January 27, 2014
Sometimes one must love with one’s eyes closed.

Season’s Mixed Messages Weaken Jewish Identity

26 Kislev 5765 – December 8, 2004
One of the by-products of the acceptance of Jews in virtually every sector of American society is the fact that barriers to intermarriage are also nonexistent.

A Religious Take On Multiculturalism

22 Adar I 5768 – February 27, 2008
“We will work to promote equality and diversity.” Many a policy document in public and private sector organizations across the Western world contains similar phrases. The social changes over the last forty years that have placed equality and diversity at the heart of policy at both macro and micro levels have been driven by to a large extent by the influence of ideas emanating from the feminist and anti-racist movements, and from post-modernist thinkers such as Michel Foucault.

When The Supreme Court Justices Learned Daf Yom

22 Adar I 5765 – March 2, 2005
The concept of a dinner to be attended by Supreme Court justices to celebrate the study of Jewish Law was the brainchild of Rabbi Noson Gurary of Buffalo.

Matchmaking: Art Form Or Aggregation Of Assets?

1 Kislev 5776 – November 13, 2015
How shall we ever find our match? Enter the shadchan--matchmaker--filling us with hope & trepidation

Who Do Bigots Blame for Police Shootings in America? Israel, of Course!

11 Tammuz 5776 – July 17, 2016
By implicating Israel in the killings of blacks by the police, SJP is engaging in the old trope of blaming Jews for systemic and far-reaching societal problems.

Operation Protective Edge: The Ugly Truth!

12 Av 5774 – August 8, 2014
Purpose of Milchemet Mitzvah: Destroy the enemies of Israel to protect Jews and the land of Israel.

A Nation’s Loss

3 Av 5770 – July 14, 2010
While Shylock, in Shakespeare's play, might have used the plural as a rhetorical device, his words speak to a greater truth about community and nation. When we look at a country and wonder why it behaves in the way it does - with charity, belligerence, etc. - we are seeing an entity functioning as an individual might, often driven by the same emotions, ethics and sense of justice.

My Big Black Hole

10 Tevet 5774 – December 13, 2013
You don't see my kind of loss in America as much as you do here, in Israel.

How to Use American Influence

21 Tevet 5773 – January 2, 2013
U.S. influence is markedly less than we – or our enemies – think it is, or ever thought it was.

The Case for Supporting Assad

6 Iyyar 5773 – April 16, 2013
On the happy day when Assad & Tehran fight the rebels & Ankara to mutual exhaustion, Western support then can go to non-Baathist and non-Islamist elements in Syria.

Making A Deal With The Devil

8 Iyyar 5774 – May 7, 2014
With his decision to unite with Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas has thrown away diplomacy and chose terrorism instead.

A New Year’s Resolution That Won’t Last Long

3 Shevat 5768 – January 9, 2008
Every New Year, Americans everywhere honestly and sincerely make their resolutions. And before January turns into February the vast majority of those resolutions have been broken. People in Crawford, Texas are no exception. George Bush is no exception.

Supporting Israel, Questioning Turkey

4 Tammuz 5770 – June 16, 2010
The facts of the flotilla incident speak for themselves - but only to those who are willing to listen. Unfortunately, albeit predictably, the international community seems to care less about what actually happened and more about that fact that it now has an opportunity to engage in what appears to be a global pastime: kicking Israel.

A Cantor Rockoff Story I’ll Never Forget

16 Tammuz 5776 – July 22, 2016
A tribute to Kesher Israel (KI) Congregation’s beloved Cantor Seymour Rockoff on the occasion of his first yahrzeit

The Media Never Loved Reagan

6 Adar I 5771 – February 9, 2011
Is it not amazing that it's taken the news media this long to discover that Ronald Reagan was a role model? While he lived and even after he died, they shot every arrow and dropped every bomb they could on this man and his reputation.

A Common-Sense Approach To Global Warming

30 Sivan 5767 – June 15, 2007
It comes across as a classic Right-Left dispute. Liberals, led by Al Gore, claim global warming is due mainly to human activity and something must be done before it is too late. Conservatives question that and are quick to accuse the Left of scare tactics fueled by a desire to expand the powers of government. Yet if we put our emotions aside, reasonable discourse can take place and rational conclusions can be drawn.

Divided And Broken

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
I have always been proud of the Jewish people, even when I wasn’t Jewish. I’m a convert. I looked up to the Jews, to their strength in times of trial, to their faith when giving up all hope would have been more practical.

Bibi’s Bomb Stole The Show

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
With the dramatic stroke of a red marker, the “Bibi Bomb” became an instant sensation. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before world leaders on September 27 at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, he faced a colossal challenge. Despite the vocal skepticism of those who feel the situation is not as dire as he maintains, Netanyahu has been steadfast in his insistence that Iran is well on its way to stockpiling enough enriched uranium to construct a nuclear bomb.

Rav Moshe Loved America; So Should We

29 Sivan 5768 – July 2, 2008
This week we celebrate the anniversary of America’s independence, an event of great magnitude in the history of mans’ struggle for freedom. At a time like this we should be humble and realize that we are the beneficiaries of the dedication and sacrifice of countless others who came before us and built up and defended America.

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