I See the World From Both Sides Now

The coach was asking only for a private moment to take a knee and express gratitude to God on the gridiron after a game.

Emes Ve-Emunah: What Is Israel Going to Do?

But I am just tired of all the Jewish blood being shed and the attendant suffering of their loved ones. 

Emes Ve-Emunah: Black Lives DO Matter

I would have been much happier if had chosen her on the basis of her qualifications, judicial temperament, and pristine character. Which she clearly has in spades.

Why Orthdoxy?

The point here is that both of these 2 major Jewish denominations do not resemble anything close to how our forefathers lived even as recently as a couple of hundred years ago. Whereas Orthodoxy has been far more of a continuum.

Israel Must Act to End Terrorism

Israel has a right – an obligation – to protect its people. Whatever it takes. If that means using even harsher measures than they are now, so be it

Emes Ve-Emunah: The Big Bluff

You would think that we are all on the brink of World War III.

Emes Ve-Emunah Judaism and the Liberal vs Conservative Value System

Which political philosophy is closest to Judaism, liberal or conservative?

Idealism Delayed is not Idealism Denied

the Islamic Jihad terrorists that ambushed Yehuda were caught. They will now face Israeli justice. But that will hardly comfort the bereaved. His loss will be felt for a lifetime by all that were close to this gentle and kind man.

Emes Ve-Emunah: A Seat at the Table? Yes. Calling the Government Anti Religious? No.

Though I definitely do not agree with everything the government wants to do, I continue to resent calling them anti religious. They are not

How Would MLK See Civil Rights Today?

Civil Rights Today does NOT = CRT-Critical Race Theory

Are Good Intentions Enough?

Is funding Reform Judaism whose definition of a Jew is counter to Halacha even according to  Conservative Judaism - a good idea? Do we want to increase the number of Israelis that will be defined as Jewish only by this one denomination? 

Is There Still Bipartisan Support for Israel?

I thought that this is a new low for the Democratic Party. Israel no longer enjoyed universal support in congress. That support now existed only among Republicans.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Why I Am a Jew

I too have questions. And like many, I too have not found satisfactory answers to them all.  And yet I remain true to my faith.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Drive-by Murder of a Yeshiva Student

I doubt there is a single parent that ever feared anything remotely like a drive-by shooting would ever happen to their child. 

Emes Ve-Emunah: The Only Solution is a Federal Mandate

Both Pfizer AND Moderna have said that we will all need a 3rd booster shot before the winter. 

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

If we can’t make them realize the folly of their ways, we can at least try and stop them from profiting from it

True Believers and Extremism

The question is why? Why is the Taliban so successful? This brings me back to extremism.

Of Classrooms, Basketball Courts, and Hana Szenes

Bet Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch has fired the Charedi members of her ruling coalition.

Kiddush HaShem in the Midst of a Tragedy

It’s difficult to place any kind of silver lining on this event. People are still suffering...There is no sliver lining for them. But I believe that a Kiddush HaShem should be made public. There are two of them I’d like to highlight.

Diplomacy is Never the Answer to Religious Fanatics

I see no difference between Hitler and Raisi. Other than the fact that Raisi sees eradicating Israel a religious obligation. Even if means mass murdering Jews. In my view this makes him more dangerous that Hitler

Biden’s Attitude Towards Israel

There are others on Biden’s foreign policy team that also hostile to Israel.

The End of an Era

What about religious issues? Clearly some of their coalition partners are not too thrilled about religion playing any part in government decisions. They see Charedim as an impediment to that.

An Unprecedented Tragedy in Israel

So I am not against having this event every Lag B’Omer. I am only against having crowds of this magnitude there. The chances of a tragedy like this happening again can be avoided or at least minimized.

Emes Ve-Emunah: Will Identity Politics Destroy Us?

This is no way to run a country. True leaders need to be color blind. You look for the best people and hire them

Has Antisemitism Become Acceptable in America?

How does antisemitism fit into all this? Unfortunately antisemitism is becoming acceptable as part of the ‘woke’ culture

A Bad Decision by the Israeli Supreme Court

Israel is both a democracy and a Jewish state. But by their decision, the Supreme Court has moved the needle. They apparently place more importance on being a democracy than they do on being a Jewish state

The Yahrzeit of COVID

I just wanted to reflect on how devastating this disease has been to the world in general and to our community in particular.

Is SNL Antisemitic?

Does SNL owe Israel and the Jewish community an apology?
Orthodox-ordained Rabbi Steve Greenberg officiated at a same-sex wedding ceremony in DC.

Will They Ever Learn?

Leaders of the  Conservative Movement keep thinking they are going to innovate themselves out of the mess they got themselves into

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