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JEWS AT PRAYER – SOME REFLECTIONS 11/19/2014 12:45 PM

The horrific murders of people at prayer that recently occurred in Jerusalem raises many more questions than answers. The responses to it were varied. CNN saw in it that Israeli police killed two Palestinians. Israeli politicians made their usual vapid comments, promises and revenge statements, all of which in the past have led nowhere. Learned rabbis and savants have attempted the futile task of...

חוק הגיור 11/16/2014 01:19 PM

אחד הנושאים הכי חמים ושנויים במחלוקת היום בישראל הוא החקיקה שמבקשת לעשות שינויים בתהליך הגיור הקיים במדינה היהודית כיום. החוק עצמו עבר הרבה שינויים ופשרות עד שאושר על ידי הממשלה והקואליציה והועבר לכנסת להצבעה....

IKEA 11/3/2014 02:17 PM

The Swedish furniture maker IKEA made the headlines this past week, even though it was an innocent bystander to the war of words between the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his female Swedish counterpart. Reacting to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, Lieberman caustically said that “the Middle East and the Palestinian – Israeli dispute is slightly...

KLINGHOFFER 10/27/2014 12:59 PM

An elderly, crippled, wheel chair bound Jew by the name of Klinghoffer was thrown overboard from a cruise ship by Arab terrorists about a decade ago. Klinghoffer’s only crime was that he was Jewish. These facts are uncontested and well-documented. Nevertheless, in the name of artistic freedom, a play was written that justified the murderous deed and intimated that Klinghoffer’s murder was...

YOM KIPPUR 9/29/2014 01:08 PM

The holiest day of the year is upon us. The time of atonement and forgiveness, of introspection and self-analysis has again arrived. The unique quality of the day of Yom Kippur is that it is a day of cleansing. Just as our refraining from food and drink on that day helps cleanse us physically, so too does our participation in prayer, serious thought, recognition of personal faults and a new...

BACK TO SCHOOL 9/2/2014 01:47 PM

This week marks the return of millions of our children to the regular routine of school. The yeshivot and seminaries of this and other countries have also begun their classroom schedules and study patterns. I think that even though we can all agree that school today is a very necessary part of our society, nevertheless we are also all aware that school contains a downside as well. Not all...

A STIFF-NECKED PEOPLE 8/17/2014 01:48 PM

The Jewish nation is described in the Torah as being a stiff- necked people. In the context of that particular Torah discussion this description of the people of Israel is not necessarily a complimentary one. It refers to the stubbornness of the generation of the desert of Sinai and their rebellious nature in constantly refusing to abide by God’s will and to accept Moshe’s authority and...

ומי ילך לנו? 7/7/2014 03:19 PM

בחיזיון הגדול שראה הנביא ישעיהו בשמים בתחילת הקריירה הנבואית שלו, הוא שמע את המילים "את מי אשלח ומי וילך לנו?" הפסוק הזה בספר ישעיהו תמיד סימן בעיניי את הדרך לשפוט מנהיגים יהודים ואנשים חשובים אחרים. יש רגעים בחיים...

MODERNITY AND TRADITION 6/30/2014 12:48 PM

The major challenge to all religions and certainly to Judaism over the past two centuries has been the religious reaction to the problems raised by modernity. Modernity encompasses but is not limited to technological progress, a global economy, ideas of personal and national freedom and a search for a more equitable distribution of wealth and well being amongst all human beings. This...

אמת כואבת 3/24/2014 04:02 PM

כולנו יודעים שלעתים קרובות אין זה מן החוכמה או הנימוס לומר את כל האמת, כי יש לבני האדם כל מיני רגישויות. באחת האמירות המפורסמות שלה שואלת הגמרא את השאלה הרטורית "מי שלקח מקח רע מהשוק, ישבחנו בעיניו או יגננו בעיניו?" אם...