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UC-Berkeley Starting Jewish Studies Center

13 Heshvan 5774 – October 17, 2013
The University of California, Berkeley is launching a Center for Jewish Studies. The university made the announcement of the center, for which it allotted $1...

Stemming The Muslim Tide: A Review of ‘Marked for Death’ by the Controversial Dutch...

14 Av 5772 – August 1, 2012
Many conservative pundits write and lecture on the threat of radical Islam. Almost none, however, possess political power. Geert Wilders is an exception. Head of the Netherlands’ third largest political party – the Party for Freedom – Wilders is on a mission to halt Islam’s advance in the West.

Humanity, Liberty, Rationality: A Review of the Collected Writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch:...

17 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Looking for inspiration? Read Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch. This is my general rule of thumb, which is why I was thrilled when the ninth (and presumably last) volume of the Collected Writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (Feldheim Publishers) came out a few weeks ago.

Why Don’t Israelis Revolt?

5 Heshvan 5772 – November 2, 2011
The Middle East is ablaze with political revolution. Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Syria – the list of countries keeps growing. All is quiet, however, on the Israeli front. The question is: Why?

Orthodox Homosexuals And The Pursuit Of Self-Indulgence

14 Sivan 5771 – June 15, 2011
Recently, while doing research for a news article I was writing for The Jewish Press, I found myself watching a YouTube clip concerning Jewish homosexuals. About two minutes into the clip, my heart suddenly dropped. There speaking on my computer screen was a young man I had once known as a sweet frum boy. Today - as I discovered from the YouTube video - he is an open homosexual.

Is ‘Jewish’ Parenting Lax?

22 Shevat 5771 – January 26, 2011
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Yale Professor Amy Chua - "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" - has inflamed passions across the country. The blogosphere is ablaze while The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and hundreds of other news outlets have run articles and often angry opinion pieces debating the wisdom of Chua's authoritarian - some argue abusive - parenting tactics.

What Would Meir Kahane Do?

20 Heshvan 5771 – October 27, 2010
Although Israel's economy stands strong amid a world recession, the political future of the Jewish state has perhaps never looked bleaker. Iran's nuclear threat looms large, Israel's West Bank settlements may soon become part of a Palestinian state, and Jerusalem stands threatened with division.

Did The Rambam Really Say That? – An Interview With Professor Daniel Rynhold

25 Heshvan 5770 – November 11, 2009
Professor Daniel Rynhold may teach modern Jewish philosophy, but his recently published book is titled, An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy.

An Illuminating Darkness

13 Tevet 5767 – January 3, 2007
"Wouldn't it be nice if the days were long all year round?" commented my son at six o'clock in the evening as we sat down to dinner to the backdrop of the completely black outdoors.

Barren Beauty

9 Iyyar 5765 – May 18, 2005
Ever since I can remember, my husband's practice has been, like many men, to buy me a lovely bouquet of flowers for Shabbat.

Learning The Wrong Lessons From The Holocaust

25 Nisan 5765 – May 4, 2005
The only real lesson that Marc H. Ellis wishes Jews to learn from the Holocaust is that Israelis are behaving like Nazis and that Jews who assist the Palestinian violence in achieving its aims are ethically equivalent to those few Germans who rescued Jews in World War II from the Gestapo.

An Afternoon Act

19 Heshvan 5765 – November 3, 2004
You. Yes, it is you that I'm talking to.

Feminine Soul

12 Heshvan 5765 – October 27, 2004
Dear Mrs. Weisberg, The present era is particularly harsh, especially for the families in Israel.

G-d’s Treasure Chest

16 Tishri 5765 – October 1, 2004
I'm not sure what spurred it, but this morning, during my davening (prayers), my mind wandered.

Feminine Soul

1 Elul 5764 – August 18, 2004
Dear Mrs. Weisberg, I enjoy your column and was deeply touched by the "bittersweet" simcha at the bris of your friend's Down Syndrome child that you wrote about several months ago.

A Driving Lesson

28 Iyyar 5764 – May 19, 2004
I drove home from work on that uneventful sunny Tuesday afternoon as I do every other day.

Gone Amiss – Thoughts For Pesach Cleaning

23 Nisan 5764 – April 14, 2004
The deeper message behind our vigilant search and removal of chometz for Pesach is the need to remove any vestige of spiritual chometz from our beings and personalities.

How The Creation Story Teaches Us About The Essence Of Man And Woman

8 Kislev 5764 – December 3, 2003
Against the backdrop of rolling valleys and mountains, and a sun bathing creation with its warmth, creation awaits it finale.

Why Husbands Should Buy Their Wives Flowers

25 Sivan 5763 – June 25, 2003
Shavuot is considered the time when we "married" G-d or cemented our relationship with Him after our "courtship" on Pesach, during the Exodus from Egypt. The Luchot (Tablets with the Ten Commandments) is compared to our Ketubah (marriage contract) and explains the responsibilities of each of us in this relationship.

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