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Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VII)

24 Heshvan 5777 – November 25, 2016
The ongoing saga of the yarmulke wearing Dr. Simcha Goldman and the US Air Force

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VI)

28 Tishri 5777 – October 30, 2016
The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (V)

29 Elul 5776 – October 2, 2016
Goldman's fight against the entire military establishment was stressful yet, oddly, exhilarating. He felt the Almighty was tapping him on the shoulder, whispering, “I want you to pull this off for Me”

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (IV)

29 Av 5776 – September 2, 2016
Law-abiding, mild-mannered, Rabbi Dr. (Psychology) Simcha Goldman was unprepared to obey the direct order of his commander that he could NOT wear his yarmulke outside the hospital. Strike 2 on Goldman

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (III)

1 Av 5776 – August 5, 2016
Dr. Goldman went from testifying as an expert witness to being the defendant. Could it have been because of his yamulke?

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (II)

25 Sivan 5776 – July 1, 2016
Mitchell Geller was inducted as a Jewish chaplain; a rabbi and a beard go hand in hand. To tell a rabbi to take off his beard would be akin to telling a Catholic Father to remove his collar.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (I)

28 Iyyar 5776 – June 5, 2016
The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."

Guard Your Influence (Conclusion)

28 Nisan 5776 – May 6, 2016
It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?

Guard Your Influence (V)

29 Adar II 5776 – April 8, 2016
This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.

Guard Your Influence (IV)

1 Adar II 5776 – March 11, 2016
At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying

Guard Your Influence (III)

26 Shevat 5776 – February 4, 2016
How the "Broken Windows Theory" helped solve graffiti on NYC subways and led to a more orderly NYC.

Guard Your Influence (II)

29 Tevet 5776 – January 10, 2016
A person's environment can work for the good or the bad; but it works more powerfully for the bad.

Guard Your Influence (I)

29 Kislev 5776 – December 11, 2015
No year will exceed the seminary year in influencing the development of these young women.

Chanukah

1 Kislev 5776 – November 12, 2015
Chanukah teaches the secret that greatness is how you respond-It’s how you fight&sacrifice for RIGHT

The Yale Five (Conclusion)

28 Tishri 5776 – October 11, 2015
Though the Yale 5 lost the case and appeal, they ultimately won: Yale became flexible about housing

The Yale Five (IV)

26 Elul 5775 – September 10, 2015
The Yale 5 became the cause célèbre of liberals who maligned & conservatives who triumphed the cause

The Yale Five (III)

1 Elul 5775 – August 16, 2015
The Yale 5 were treated liked pariahs by their fellow Jewish students; their beliefs rejected

The Yale Five (II)

Since the students knew the housing rules in advance they should not have picked Yale hoping for an exception in their instance.

The Yale Five

25 Sivan 5775 – June 11, 2015
Yale argued living on campus meant living in the "real world," with its complexities and challenges

Rav Elyashiv, A Personal Memoir (III)

25 Iyyar 5775 – May 14, 2015
I felt terror posing questions to Rav Elyashiv doing so only twice in the 9 years I was in his shiur

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