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The Hat

6 Iyyar 5772 – April 27, 2012
I do not dress like the average Orthodox man in my Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s not that I’m trying to make a statement by often going hatless and wearing blue and brown suits, it’s just that in becoming religious I have changed so much - there are certain things I don’t want to give up, especially since my religion doesn’t truly ask me to do so.

Thoughts On Bridging The Great Jewish Divide

25 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
We recently observed the 10th of Teves, which, historically, represents the beginning of the siege of Yerushalayim by Nebuchadnezzar. It was this siege that began a string of calamities that resulted in the destruction of the first Beis HaMikdash.

Where Have All Our Middos Gone?

21 Iyyar 5770 – May 5, 2010
Shame wells up in me as I thread my way through the cluster of young wives standing near my home, animatedly talking with one another as their children play at their feet. Four shopping bags dangle from one arm, five from another, and I shift them uncomfortably as I carry them from my car, practically bent over from their weight.

Connecting The Dots

26 Shevat 5770 – February 10, 2010
I write this column during Parshas Yisro - the portion that focuses on Matan Torah -The Giving of the Torah. Paradoxically, the parshah is not entitled Matan Torah or Aseret HaDibrot - The Ten Commandments, or even Moshe Rabbeinu, who brought the commandments down from Sinai. Amazingly, the parshah is named for Yisro, the heathen priest. What did Yisro do to merit such distinction?

Sweating Over The Small Stuff (Conclusion)

29 Av 5769 – August 19, 2009
In preparation for the Yamim Noraim, last week I focused on Mitzvos bein Adam L'Chavero - interpersonal relationships that are often overlooked, such as the escalation of chutzpah, that has become emblematic of our society.

The Importance Of A Caring Touch

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
Imagine for a moment what it feels like to have raised your children, lost your spouse, and all your relatives (including your immediate family) live in a different state.

Once Loneliness Strikes And You’re Unprepared

29 Av 5766 – August 23, 2006
Last week, in a response to a letter, I wrote about preparing for loneliness.

Letters To The Editor

17 Av 5763 – August 15, 2003
Blame Tenet For PollardThe revelation that CIA Director George Tenet offered questionable information to President Bush concerning Iraq and uranium brings to mind how...

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