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There Used To Be Jews Here

19 Adar 5777 – March 16, 2017
One point stood out from those stories: in contrast to the Koran, the great figures of the Torah were not beyond reproach. There was always room to be better.

Rabbi Soloveitchik and his Paradoxical Influence: An Answer to a Friend

Rabbi Cardozo responds to a letter concerning his article on Rav Soloveitchik (zt"l)

Purim and the Challenge of the Holocaust

Jews have been an ever-dying people that never died, experiencing a continuous resurrection, like the dry bones Yechezkel saw in the valley. Purim, like the Jewish nation, will never cease.

A Purim Nes

12 Adar 5777 – March 9, 2017
He was used to my premonitions. So I called my labor coach she said she would bring her car close to where I was staying.

Who Is Honored?

In parshat Tetzaveh, for once Moses, the hero, the leader, the liberator, the lawgiver, is offstage. Instead our focus is on his elder brother Aaron who, elsewhere, is often in the background.

The Tabernacle’s Lesson

5 Adar 5777 – March 3, 2017
The story of the Creation of the World is told with the utmost brevity: a mere 34 verses. Why take some 15 times as long to tell the story of the Sanctuary?

The Wings To Fly

5 Adar 5777 – March 2, 2017
One daughter flew in from the UK for a mere 50 hours – quite an amazing feat!

A Tribute To My Own Personal Angels

My mother had a difficult pregnancy. Some doctors said it was a miracle I was born and came out as good as I did.

The Art of Imagination

Yeshivoth are producing students with a prodigious amount of Jewish knowledge, but are they serving the students and are the Yeshivoth producing real Torah scholars or just walking encyclopedias?

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

30 Shevat 5777 – February 26, 2017
Goldman's case would be the first time the Supreme Court considered a service member’s right of Free Exercise as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

A Nudge From Hashem

28 Shevat 5777 – February 23, 2017
There are 613 commandments in the Torah. Why does Mishpatim, the first law code, begin where it does, concerned with slavery and freedom?

Miracle In A Jerusalem Cab

We were not familiar with the process of wiring money to Israel when I got engaged, so I was just waiting for the money to come by mail.

Parashat Yitro: Racism and the Wisdom of a Gentile

24 Shevat 5777 – February 20, 2017
Yitro's suggested solution to Moshe's workload is basically a simple one and does not require any extensive judicial knowledge. So why did Moshe, who possessed great wisdom, not think of this himself?

The Cycle Of Life Continues

21 Shevat 5777 – February 16, 2017
As it turned out, despite recovering sufficiently and hopeful of having more children, I never did.

The Universality Of Wisdom

In parshat Yitro, Israel receives its first system of governance: a hierarchical structure of authority with Moses at the top. Why did this important development come, as it were, from outside?

A Get-Well Present From The One Above

14 Shevat 5777 – February 9, 2017
During the past year I especially enjoyed looking at a website of a hotel in Monticello. Living near the beauty and calm of the water really appealed to me.

The Power Of Ruach

What happens at the sea is poetic justice of the most exquisite kind. The powerful are now powerless, while the powerless have made their way to freedom.

The Chief Rabbinate and Its Disgrace: Who Is an Exceptionally Great Sage?

13 Shevat 5777 – February 8, 2017
The Talmud teaches only when making a sincere effort to reduce the pain of fellow human beings can one be called a great person! Those who do follow this approach are unsuited to be religious leaders

The Wrong School

7 Shevat 5777 – February 2, 2017
I remembered the years of bringing up six teenage daughters. Of course they weren’t all teenagers at the same time but sometimes it definitely felt like it.

The Necessity Of Asking Questions

Judaism is not a religion of blind obedience. Astonishingly of 613 commandments, there is no Hebrew word that means “to obey.” Judaism is the rarest of phenomena: a faith based on asking questions,

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