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Germany Raises Diplomatic Ties With PA/PLO

10 Shevat 5772 – February 3, 2012
Germany has just raised the level of representation of the PA/PLO delegation in Berlin to "Diplomatic Mission" headed by an Ambassador. This was announced...

Tax Evasion And Tax Avoidance: Bechorot 34a; Berachot 35b; Sanhedrin 5a;...

28 Heshvan 5772 – November 24, 2011
There is nothing as certain as death and taxes, so the saying goes. Almost equally certain is the phenomenon of the living trying to avoid or evade taxes.

Bechorot: The Price Of Freedom

20 Heshvan 5772 – November 17, 2011
Freedom is not free. There is a price to pay. When God spared the Jews from the death of the firstborn, the price was and still is that all firstborns, bechorot, belong to God. “On the day that I struck down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified every firstborn in Israel for Myself, from man to beast they shall be Mine.”

Let’s Vote For Independence

22 Elul 5771 – September 21, 2011
Much of the world is getting ready to recognize a Palestinian state. The U.S. says it will veto any such measure in the Security Council. Other countries are going ahead with plans to vote for "Palestine" in the General Assembly - to grant "Palestine" embassy space, formal recognition, etc.

U.S. Leaves Door Open For Internationalizing Jerusalem

Full gas in neutral. With nearly built-in enmity on the part of the U.S. to the most basic Israeli positions regarding Jerusalem, it is no wonder our efforts to keep Jerusalem continue to run up against so many obstacles.

In Loco Templum: Amsterdam’s Esnoga/Portuguese Synagogue

14 Shevat 5771 – January 19, 2011
One of the aspects of the biblical construction narratives - both those about the Tabernacle in the wilderness in Exodus, and in 1 Kings about Solomon's Temple in the Holy Land - that most troubled and confused me when I was young was the aesthetic status of the structures.

Pluralism Is Not One-Dimensional

26 Adar 5770 – March 11, 2010
"Pluralism" has a reassuring tone. "Live and let live," people tell each other, and many religious groups - including Orthodox Jews - have flourished in America as a result.

The Value Of Self-Worth

5 Tishri 5770 – September 23, 2009
In my previous column, I wrote that helping to foster a positive self-image in one's children is the greatest gift parents can give them. Similarly, self-like (not to be confused with narcissistic self-worship) is a key component in having a successful life.

Do You Know Where Your Teenager Is? An Ode to All...

24 Elul 5768 – September 24, 2008
Dedicated to my three teenagers

Confirmed: Jerusalem On The Negotiating Table

3 Elul 5768 – September 3, 2008
JERUSALEM - After months of denials, the status of Jerusalem is on the table in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The Essence Of Evil

22 Sivan 5768 – June 25, 2008
If you were to stare evil in the eye, what would you see? What would be its character traits? What would form its origins?

The Shidduch Sky Is Not Falling

23 Iyyar 5768 – May 28, 2008
My daughter in-law was a guest at a recent brunch/fundraiser for women only, during which the guest speaker spoke about the number one topic that seems to be on everyone's minds - shidduchim.

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Project Outreach...

2 Iyyar 5768 – May 7, 2008
Question: Has it been difficult adjusting to American life as a Jewish immigrant?

Making A Difference

14 Nisan 5767 – April 2, 2007
Just days ago, the question, "How is this night different from all others?" was asked at Pesach tables around the world.

Visualizing Jewish Hair: Samson And The Sotah

1 Adar 5766 – March 1, 2006
Hair in Judaism carries multiple connotations. It is distracting and narcissistic, as when Joseph "plays with his hair" too much and finds his jail sentence under Potifar extended for his vanity.

The Cantonists: The Jewish Children's Army

8 Elul 5764 – August 25, 2004
On August 26, 1827, Tsar Nicholas I published the Recruitment Decree calling for conscription of Jewish boys between the ages of twelve and twenty-five.

Giuliani Gives Anti-Semitism Conference An Earful

26 Tammuz 5763 – July 26, 2003
President Bush's choice of Rudy Giuliani to head the United States delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's first-ever conference on anti-Semitism was an inspired one.

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